Black Acid RMX - Blackasteroid - EDLX.029
Raw analogue alchemies delivered with all the sleek and polish of its black-on-black casing made Bryan Blackâ€™s EDLX debut last year as blackasteroid a truly memorable one, consolidating all of the Motor manâ€™s proven Paisley Park-honed engineering capabilities into a succinct and forward-facing EP. Defined by its gritty textures, fizzy white noise manipulations and a signature mechanical hum throughout, â€˜Black Acidâ€™ achieved a uniquely tactile sound quality, reaffirming Bryan Black as a formidable one to watch under his revised blackasteroid guise.
Recently Perc, Alva Noto, Len Faki, Angel Costa and DJ Emerson presented a series of pithy reinventions of the EPâ€™s three lead tracks: â€œBlack Acidâ€, â€œHydrogenâ€ and â€œPressureâ€, turning in a thoroughly versatile remix package complete with fresh nuances ranging from peak time basement material to more pensive headphone moments. A recomposed body of original â€˜Black Acidâ€™ sonic material, once more sheathed in stunning minimalistic designâ€”this time in reverse: white on white, with contrasting materials (matte laminate on the cover and a high gloss UV varnish in the detail) providing the sole differentiating factor.
This particularly considered art direction was the result of a creative collaboration between Bryan Black (a designer himself and responsible for the bulk of Motorâ€™s artwork), Jochem Paap and EDLX designer Jan Willem van den Ban from Enchilada. Choosing to diversify from the usual colourfulness and moirÃ© structures of EDLX, the monotone colour palette and minimal aesthetic sets these pieces apart as highly collectable art objects, meanwhile rendering the blackasteroid project in a very physical, very personal wayâ€”thoughtful design in both sleeve and sound.
In Jan Willemâ€™s words:
â€œTo mimic the dark and powerful tracks with sounds emerging and submerging, the sleeve shows all the shades of black possible. The design of the â€˜Remix EPâ€™ has a similar visual parallel with the music; in the way the remixes are deconstructed and reassembled from the source material, the artwork reworks the same variables and puts them together in a different mixture. The result is a minimal and monolithic object, that reflects differently from every angle and forms a logical and rock solid pair of releases.â€