Is IDM dead? mwr, Jason Barty & Mackie Smith explain #idm #electronic

Of course the answer’s ‘no.’ It’s a headline that’s a good example of Betteridge’s law and his quote that “This story is a great demonstration of my maxim that any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word “no.” The reason why journalists use that style of headline is that they know the story is probably bullshit, and don’t actually have the sources and facts to back it up, but still want to run it.” mwr and Jason Barty & Mackie Smith provide two tracks to prove the headline in different ways.

mwr offers the date-specific charms of Sep-14. mwr (Mark Wanzala-Ryan) is from the UK and is a London-based data scientist. He says he’s “Combing code and electronic music he creates soundscapes as a way to understand the city.” His take on IDM is spacious and owes as much to ambient as it does to house. It’s described as progressive ambient but has that awkwardness that’s so inherent to IDM. The synths whoosh in a way that’s quite Vangelis but with caffeine jitters.

And on Spotify

South Africa’s Jason Barty & Mackie Smith return with Sky Pans. A slow, dreamy track. It’s got woodblock, ethereal wailing and a deeply tribal sensibility. The sound of open spaces and unemcumbered skies. It’s a track that needs its full five and a half minutes to unwind. It will not be hurried. And it’s more deeply pleasing for that uncompromising approach. Delightful.

Track taken from the Mothers Jaws EP

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~ by acidted on August 2, 2018.

 
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