Last week, Quanta Records released SHARK 4 お歯黒, Echo Hazard’s fourth album under the name GAMESHARKTM, as the much awaited second entry on the label’s Particules series.
With SHARK 4 お歯黒, Echo carries on with the exploration of radically different sounds. This release is dedicated to flashcore, a French underground movement theorised and defined by Laurent Mialon (otherwise known as La Peste) as “the spatial and temporal conception of air landscapes of which ‘sonic atoms’ are being controlled with the exclusive aim of making us explore our minds and perceive any kind of transcendence” (extract from Hangars Liquides manifesto).
While Echo follows the genre’s main frameworks through the use of powerful softwares to “shorten the time it takes for mental images to come and to invert new forms of mental representations”, she also injects a deeply personal touch by ingeniously curating a large variety of samples and transforming them until they reach mind-boggling heights. Most of the SHARK 4 お歯黒 tracks heavily rely on both live manipulations and improvisation. The unforeseeable nature of this process encourages the listeners to cherish the unexpected and to welcome a new disruptive state of mind.
To get to know Echo a little better, we invited her to pick 10 tracks on a theme of her choice...
Probably my favourite album of the year so far, and probably his best work to date. This track harks back to oldskool Aphex ambience in a great way.
Hard not to think of the Northern Electronics wizard when compiling cold techno - it's pretty much his modus operandi at this point. This album I still think is his most consistent to date.
Wax - No. 30003 (B)
I'm a sucker for obscure white label shit, and that's Wax's whole dynamic. Some great classic snyth plucks and ryhthms on this wax track.
Ø - Obscura 1
Netherworld - Dry Andes
Truss - Beacon
Function - Disaffected
Cliff Lothar - Murked Out
Saab Knutson - Me and Your Shadow
Gas - Königsforst 4
His new record was spectacular and I think it's bringing him in some much deserved attention, but I'll always love Königsforst just that little bit more. This piece is a nice bookend to match the ambience, albeit a little warmer, it still suits me well.