Monolithium / Bounce 4 Life
Error Broadcast Collective
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Distributed by Alpha Pup/ Kudos Records
"Hyper-fast, pretty, and radical all at once."
"Hemsworth drenches ‘Bounce 4 Life’ in varnish, reconfiguring the track as a rattling piece of digitally enhanced hip-hop. Fans of Jacques Greene’s giddy 4/4 will find plenty to fall in love with, but there’s a sense of menace behind all the surface sparkle"
"While most artists who borrow from Chicago’s footwork tradition offer a watered down version of the original music, Monolithium’s heavily melodic take is malleable enough to avoid being a simple derivative."
"We're partial to the original, jacked-up footwork of Vancouver's Monolithium, but this officially sanctioned remix feels patriotic - and it's one of the few times Hemsworth is outpaced, to beautiful effect."
"Monolithium is one of the names that you need to keep an eye out for. It won’t be long now before his dues and everyone notices the skill and musicality in his production."
"Pretty much had us sold from the jump"
"Bounce 4 Life (...) borrows from just about every corner of contemporary electronic music."
"Tight footwork/neck-snap hip hop hybrids backed with Ryan Hemsworth, KingThing and H-SIK versions. Check 'Bounce 4 Life' for colourful, electro-soulful footwork, or 'Lancashire Hammer' for that crunky, gloopy lean, and 'Spiral Face' for crafty, hyper-organised future-hardcore with an autotune pop twist."
"Sub FM regulars KingThing take the original and darken proceedings considerably. Murky-and-gnarling bass tones meet cavernous, technoid percussion; working the original vocal alongside these new elements. This is a surefire dancefloor destroyer."
"We’re proud to bring you an exclusive first listen of Potholes favorite Ryan Hemsworth‘s killer remix of the title track. His signature sounds are all over this cut, which means plenty of massive drums, thick bass, and some screwed vocal samples."
"This tune is so busy it's almost as though Monolithium dropped every drum, synth, and trick up his sleeve into it."
"The end product takes cues from glitch, trap, and the dub pioneered by artists like Burial to create something both frenetic and precise, bringing all of the weapons out to play, but mindful of when to pull them back."
"Anyone with eyes on the Canadian contingent of producers associated with more established acts like Lucky Me’s Lunice and Ango, should’ve heard whispers of the name Monolithium for a while now."
Monolithium released his debut 12“ ‘Simon & G-Funk’ in Summer 2011 to much critical acclaim. Back then, his mixture of 808 drummings, complex track arrangement and flawless pop was an important step for Error Broadcast label to advance from the beat music continuum and found its logical extrapolation with releases by B-Ju, H-SIK, and OL most recently. After touring the US Westcoast with Dabrye and a busy summer, Error Broadcast is delighted to welcome the Vancouver based producer and DJ back with his 12” EP ‘Bounce 4 Life’.
‘Bounce 4 Life’ finds Monolithium offering the perfect mixture of club-ready footwork snare rolls and low swung hip hop, a glossy get-together of pitched vocals and super-melodic synth chords. The back-stabbing ‘Lancashire Hammer’ slows down dance to rap tempi, while ‘Pavillionaire’ (featuring Prison Garde) joins boogie with high-pitched vocal samples and sickly-sweet synthesizer arpeggios.
On ‘Spiral Face’ and ‘Sleepy Beauty’, Monolithium takes a slightly more ambient and elegiac approach to tech-beats, with the former paying clever tribute to classic jungle and the later focussing on melodic sophistication a bit more.
Remixes include three very different interpretations of ‘Bounce 4 Life’. Fellow Canadian Ryan Hemsworth (Wedidit) improves the harmonic potential of the original even further, adding his own chimes and sweeps. UK producer KingThing (Infrasonics) makes ‘Bounce 4 Life’ a pumping house/ hip hop affair that is as fresh as functional. Eventually, our own H-SIK drags the tune into this underground echo chamber to return a subtly grooving piece of ambient dub.
Premiere stream of 'Pavillionaire' via Sonic Router
Download 'Bounce 4 Life' from XLR8R
'B4L (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)' via Potholes in my Blog
Download 'Bounce 4 Life (KingThing Remix)' from Hyponik
180g 12" vinyl w/ full-colour labels and stickered sleeves, limited to 300 copies
Purchase includes free download of the full album and four bonus tracks