ORTEM 004 - 'Ensō' EP

by Books

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In Zen Buddhism, an Ensō (円相, "circle"?) is a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.

A new chapter for Ortem as the latest volume is authored by the man, Books. Taking its inspiration from meditation and creation, the title track draws on this and presents a dream like state punctuated by robot flickers and a rhythm played out on a metallic drum. There is breath and a fleeting vocal that gives way to a pitched down synth reminiscent of the halcyon days of rave, only more relaxed. Synth washes and lush pads coupled with an electronic moving bass complete the moment.

Pseudo hints at rain and a swirling wind that lulls the listener with its drawn out bass, clicks and pops before revealing a dis-jointed Apache amongst fragments of a computer mainframe.

The ethereal gives way to an awakening via Jagganath where a car alarm arrests slumber and heralds tribal drums in a distant valley. Electricity pulses and the rhythm steps up a gear, a door slides open and reveals shards of light, before the electronic sparseness resumes.

The circle is closed by Circuit, which is the final brushstroke. Its staggering halftime beat, alien communications, bass and haunting washes evoke an edgy calm, let your mind be free.

Supported by Amoss, Mark System, Loxy, Chris Inperspective, Daat, Code, Justice, Dexta, Mauoq


Image by Jonny REbEL

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released June 24, 2016



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Ortem is a platform which will be the home of fresh tracks, overseen by Metro. The emphasis will be stationed around drum and bass and electronic music delivered in all its innovative forms.

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