Frozen Ashes is an examination around the themes of “Cold.” We’ve brought together some of the underground’s most exciting artists:
Evitceles, Diamondstein, Lighght, Thugwidow, Sangam, Ross Birdwise, Lila Tirando a Violeta, Jamie Awakshidar, Snakepiss, Ridge Racer, Sour Gout, Yoshimi, Ganz Feld, fdsdf, and VVV.
These artists bring a wide breadth of sonic identities to the compilation's themes.
There’s no knowing where to start with this compilation out of Vancouver. You’ll probably guess that a record full of artists with names like Snakepiss, Sour Gout, and Thugwidow isn’t going to be easy listening. But it’s not a total racket, either. This is electronica and rave from the musty corners of the underground, all created with extreme attention to detail, often very danceable, but with a knife in its pocket and mischief in its eye. String quartets, unsynced breakbeats, the sound of sewers, cassettes buried in mud, digital bats, pitch bent space-race commentary… it’s all here. You decide where you’ll start.
The ‘about’ section of the Vancouver label Collapsed Structures’ Bandcamp reads “Dreams in post-industrial landscapes.” This acts as an evocative manifesto for the label, which has been releasing high quality underground electronic music at a rapid pace since their inception in early 2018. Founders Sour Gout and Animalman oversee the label with a niche, finely curated approach that upholds their ‘post-industrial’ vision through and through.
The track exhibits effervescent, weightless post-club production from the emerging Irish producer, who recently self-released their intriguing and ambitious debut LP Gore-Tex In the Club, Balenciaga Amongst the Shrubs. “The Sun Splitting the Cold Stones” feels more like a proper (albeit off-kilter) dance track from Lighght who deals in more experimental soundscapes on the formerly mentioned release. Its skittering rhythms and sleek, icy synths wouldn’t sound out of place within the catalogue of Batu’s influential bass-techno imprint Timedance. It is certainly one of several highlights on Frozen Ashes, which also features notable contributions from the likes of Evitceles, Diamondstein, Thugwidow, Sangam, and Lila Tirando a Violeta in collaboration with Sour Gout.
Today, we are premiering Lighght’s “The Sun Splitting the Cold Stones,” a spellbinding track from Collapsed Structures’ forthcoming Frozen Ashes compilation.