Although the relatively new, Internet-only label Shanti Planti already has a few releases under its belt, the upcoming compilation, Rhythm Code, feels like the collective’s first full-fledged mission statement, packed with the midtempo breaks, downtempo dub, and experimental sound design that it hopes will push the boundaries of electronic psychedelia. We here at LessThan3 have been given a peek at the full album, and we’re stoked to provide an exclusive listen to some of its most impressive tracks.
Shanti Planti is an international, artist-led collective, with producers from France, New Zealand, Australia, California, and the UK. You can pick up on their global awareness by paying attention to the cultural diversity of some of their sounds and samples–plucked strings and woodwinds from India, China, Egypt, and Arabia, eastern world rhythms, Jamaican dub basslines, and the natural sounds of jungles, swamps, and deserts, all processed and filtered through the advanced technology of western civilization in order to make them sound completely alien and otherworldly.
On Emanations, the label’s founder from the UK, Quanta, mashes up sitar, dub delays, and ethnic voices, with an ear for the bouncy. Equally fun is Jerry’s Mind, made by Somatoast of Austin, TX. On it, he plays with tribal, prehistoric percussion, a flute solo intro, and then introduces a lead synth midway that’s so squishy and absurd, it’ll either make you turn away in disgust or break down in laughter.
If the dub doesn’t get your head bopping, Contact Code will. It’s the catchiest thing that Los Angeles’ Mumukshu has ever made. His usual M.O. consists of slower tempos, squashy noises, and menacing harmonies that force you to imagine horrible, bulldozer-sized swamp creatures, lurching painfully out of thick pools of mud and guts. His contribution here, however, is a groovy breakbeat with some infectious, underwater turntable scratching; leave it to Sixis from Berkeley, CA and Shwex from Washington to provide the Swamp Thing soundtrack with Continuity Field, a viciously slow battle between splashy sound effects, resonant stuttering, and sorrowful steel drums.
Having heard the entire album, we can safely say that the rest of Rhythm Code lives up to the same quality of these tracks. The compilation doesn’t have a firm release date quite yet, but some of the artists involved have suggested that it could be available on their Bandcamp page early next week, so keep your eyes peeled.