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Part of the Neo Violence takeover
Ever since the genre’s origins, tonally in Berlin and formatively in Detroit, Techno has thrived in tense, dangerous environments; the music’s otherworldly intensity reflects the experiences of those alienated by authoritative forces. This has led to imprints like Underground Resistance, whose inhuman aesthetic finds strength by destroying its creators’ identities and vesting itself in defiant sci-fi inspired narratives; their 1994 Dark Energy EP was officially described as “the first in a series of sonic strikes… consist[ing] of a series of 6 dark energy waves… [which] will engulf the Earth in an ultraviolet Midnight Sunshine.” Kodwo Eshun summed up this aesthetic in 1998, stating that “this toxic waste and this acid rain generate conditions in which mutant Rhythmachines thrive. UR re-alienates Techno, exposing it to these radioactive conditions, the ones that threaten all creativity.”
It might be tempting to ascribe the music of Ukrainian producer, DJ and ex-black metal guitarist Zolaa. with a similar meaning. His contemplative but thudding tracks such as ‘Kaban Groove‘ fit intuitively with UR boss Mike Banks’ belief that “there are definite messages there through tonal communication”; his tumblr features a middle finger pointed at Russia’s Red Square, and his adopted city of Kiev has been internationally visible as a hotbed of political tension for years.
This ascription melts away once you give yourself over to his calming and invigorating music, the kind that will soundtrack athletes preparing for the 2250 intergalactic Olympics with the a few laps of the zero-grav air pool. More Shanti Celeste than Jeff Mills, Zolaa. mixes ambient tones and breakbeat percussion to create music that is otherworldly in its complete deviation from stereotypical perceptions of his world. Like the gorgeous photography of his tumblr, tracks such as ‘Lights Out‘ are refreshingly characterful and serene. If anything, the ideology of his music is a direct contrast with Detroit techno’s tendency to revel in alienation; the gorgeous ‘Humanity‘ samples Charlie Chaplin’s 1940 statement, “more than machinery, we need humanity”, and – as revealed below – ‘Kaban Groove‘ is dedicated to warm, collaborative friendship.
In keeping with this, Zolaa.’s selections for Watch The Hype are themed around tracks from his local scene – a city with a “huge electronic music scene” which Zolaa. now loves “more than my native, even with all the bad stuff”. These are tracks that allow listeners to listen further to the side of Kiev that they don’t see in the news.