Somec is Giovanni Napoli, an Italian modular synth artist. After a tape release earlier, this is his second effort in the form of a 12" and brought to you by the quite versatile electronic music label Haunter Records. As far as electronic music is concerned, this e.p. is a great variation from the stuff I've been listening and reviewing before. This is broken techno, defunct electronics and danceable noise at it's most surprising and refreshing.
The album opens with 'Drone DPO', a strange blend of electronic percussion, minimal ambient and noisy techno sounds. The slow rhythm and soundscapes remind me a bit of trip-hop but in a harsher, creepier version. At the end of the album we get a remix from this track, which is bit more danceable but also a whole lot darker. 'Exclusive Disjunction' incorporates the same atmosphere, a harsh form of trip-hop but a very nice one.
'Incertezza' sounds like an opening track for 'MD Discount', driving on a continuous beat and a sound that reminds me of old modem sounds. 'Skan' is another short track, incorporating a weird electronic jazzy sound. 'MD Discount' brings out the drones and again some odd percussion. Of all the tracks, this is the noisiest one, moving far away from generic techno or ambient.
In all this is a pretty interesting album because it takes us back to the age of synth pioneers while still holding on to modern day rough sound. It's really difficult to classify this music but I guess it mainly moves within the experimental techno scene. So there is some beauty to be discovered when you dig into this stuff. Check it out, you just might find yourself tapping along with the minimal rhythms on this one...