W3C – The Atmospheric Entry EP

Formed back in 2013 and operating just below the radar, the Cold imprint started by Pinch is now eight releases deep.    It kicked off with a single from newcomer Elmono, swiftly followed by darkside jungle manoeuvres from Batu and the mantasm-laced techno of Ipman’s ‘Decomposer / Ventricle’ 12” and hyperborean grime / techno reductions in an 8 bar framework from Acre. Batu has gone from strength to strength since his debut on Cold, minting his Timedance label and putting out singles on Hotline and Livity Sound while Acre & Ipman both went on to release their debut longplayers on Tectonic.   It’s clear then that the unassuming Cold label is a fertile test ground for new artists with a wealth of fresh ideas, mutating the genes from which the hardcore continuum is built and twisting it into new shapes for dance floors as well as more introspective headphone trips.   The latest instalment of the Cold project is from Latvian newcomer W3C, whose brutalist sonic constructs are presented as ‘The Atmospheric EP’, opening with the gritblasted basses and sparse drum arrangements of the title track before shifting into the greyscale industrial textures of ‘Bile’ that almost sounds like a collaboration between Regis & Mumdance.   ‘Prometheus’ is as titan as its name suggests - howling synthesis frames pneumatic percussion which threatens to implode at any minute: a downright terrifying trip through the outskirts of the techno wasteland. If you’re a fan of Mundance, Logos and Shapednoise’s The Sprawl project you’ll dig this. The EP closes with the more introspective melodics of ‘Fire Walk With Me’.   A spectacular debut from a clearly talented producer - if the Cold track record is anything to go by, we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.