Opcion – MONOS / UИD [God Records 032 Promo]
Coming in from the Graz / Austria-based producer Opcion, better known as Nikos Zachariadis to his friends and parents, is the artists album debut entitled “MONOS / UИD” which has been released via God Records in early December 2k15. Whilst the inside-out pressed “MONOS” side of this six track piece features three Opcion solo efforts based on swelling, highly digital sounding feedback drones and dark’n’abstract, heavily compressed slow motion drums causing a deeply unsettling feel similar to Illbient vibes catered on Mille Plateaux’ legendary “Electric Ladyland” compilation series, especially thinking of tunes produced by the likes of Ice or Slotek here, the “UИD” side features three collaborational affairs in which the artist teams up with the likes of Maja Osojnik, Bernhard Loibner and Kurt Bauer for one conjunctional track each. The collaboration with Maja Osojnik sticks out here due to its more lively, aggressive and – in parts – heavily distorted, yet beatless nature, the work with Bernhard Loibner results in harsh, screeching metallic noises, feedbacks and merciless, irregular drum patterns and finally teaming up with Kurt Bauer brings tense, squeaky pulses and eruptive modulations for those who loving their B-movie sci-fi scores and BBC Radiophonic Workshop experimentalism to the fullest. Count us in for that.