For the tenth installment of his vinyl-only label Tvir, Komponente decided to put his first solo EP in almost ten years. Combine that fact with his own experiences in 2022-23 (for those who don’t know, he’s staying in Kharkiv, a Ukrainian city near the frontline all the time) and you’ll get a very powerful release. And it sounds just as it looks. “I dedicated this record to my friends, defenders who are now at the front, those who helped me, and those whom I helped.”
“Sanctuary”, the B-side opener, is a superb piece of dark, but not THAT heavy breakbeat track. Something, similar to that mystic from the releases on Trance Pandemic, but makes it even harder. Speaking about weight – don’t assume, you can still play the track at almost any house set. Don’t know how it works like this, but it does.
Staying on the B-side. “Mind Revolt” is a bit harder tune. Add some distortion and cut everything, that could put the previous track into a house set. This one is more of a “morning at the rave” situation. But it will probably depend on the skill of the producer. Additional kudos for the talking during the track, always love stuff like that. The last one on the record, “Veronika” (the name of Komponente’s daughter) is… Let’s say, a lullaby, but make it a breakbeat one. With some epic outro as well.
But don’t forget about the A-side. “Gash”, with another epic part, this time at the beginning of the track. Slowly unfolding into a very slow but confident piece, especially in the second part of it. Should probably sound even better, pitched up a bit. I’m finishing the review with a very trippy “Flowers” with some piece of Ukrainian poetry hidden inside (yes!). My second favorite track on the record.
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