Alis’s first release on Infinite Machine is a pair of dark slices of electronica with the sonic palette of deep techno and rhythmic patterns that crash together dubstep attitudes with faster and glitchier elements. Over the thumps and long deep bass notes roll sci-fi style pads and atmospherics.
The decision to hold back the “ayyyayyyayyy” vocal until the end of first track “Sai” is an unusual and successful one. In multiple phases but flowing neatly, it’s a melting pot of off-techno generating an environment that corresponds well with the deep blues of the release artwork.
“Strong” adopts a steadier, more industrial four-four approach to its beat, with a strangely catchy organ riff and some actual, albeit hard to make out, vocals with lyrics. The smart key change around the two minute mark draws you in and although it does then tail off somewhat, it’s still a track worthy of its title.
It’s a confident and rich release and definitely a strong advert for other releases from Alis (Sabina Plamenova) both past and future.