- I could care less about who or what Wax, Frozen Border and Baustein are. The same goes for Oni Ayhun. Although the third EP to emerge from the label sounds suspiciously like the handiwork of The Knife's Olof Bjorn Dreijer, it could simply be someone who uses the same methods to achieve more dance floor-oriented results. The point is simply this: What he/she is currently doing sounds like little else being released at the moment.
Side A of this release bumps with the best, rolling along on at a techno pace, but soon a synth line comes in, shivering, blustering and generally upsetting things until a long sinuous keyboard comes in to offer support and, ultimately, uplift. There are about six things going on throughout the track, but Ayhun is a master of tension and release, creating sublime moments that reveal a songwriter's talent behind this analog machine lover.
That's clearly the case as well on the B, a track that eclipses its predecessor by some margin. It recalls classic IDM in its build, and muscular techno in its engine, splitting the difference and emerging with an end-of-night winner. The Knife-esque production tinges are even more prevalent here; you can almost here Karin Dreijer Andersson's masked bleat ready to break in and send the song toward some other stratosphere. But instead of vocal acrobatics, we get contemplative, smooth pads. The elements, yet again, are readily familiar, but it's been a long time since we've heard this sort of stuff. I hope I'm not the only one who can't wait to hear more.