Polarity Mixed By Focal
Released in a three-part fold-out Digipak with a 16-page booklet. Mastered by Vincent Villuis & Vladislav Isaev at Ultimae Studios.
Original Artworks by Suzy Lelièvre & Raphaël Kuntz.
Artwork by Arnaud Galoppe.
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From the passionate lands of France, Arnaud Galoppe, known as Focal and Kinosura, has hand-mixed an emotional labyrinth of dark techno and melancholy ambience in Ultimae’s latest compilation.
Polarity is a double-sided conglomerate of electronic expressions from all over the world, spanning across atmospheric soundworlds of intimate drone and deep, industrial progressions.
This collection of heartwarming soundscapes and foot-stomping house beats is smoother than butter, a series of 26 top-notch tracks that paint an interesting, auditory adventure. Although the album has a minimalistic approach, it offers a surprisingly detailed production. Each track is layered with expert craftsmanship and hypnotic melodies laced against diverse, psychedelic noise echoing in the distance. Polarity is certainly an experience worth traversing, and we are proud to host it as an excellent addition to any electronica connoisseur’s sound-library.
The Polarity artwork was imagined by plasticians Suzy Lelièvre and Raphaël Kuntz.
From a sphere, they conceived a parametric deformation protocol for a decomposition in several stages. While Suzy imagines shapes and the potential modifications to impact, Raphaël works on the incarnation process to extract a mineral matter look, something geological, almost chemical. As they materialise, with slow lighting work, shapes undergo random offsets, revealing the tension between a near scientific protocol and its subjective interpretation. Beyond the infinite production of singular shapes, the goal of both artists, especially for this project, is to invent new processes that invite a reconsideration of our attitude to shapes. In the same way, from Ambient to Techno, through a game of modulation of pads, rhythms and frequencies, Polarity offers a variety of musical spectra flowing into one another, a melodic exploration of the twists and turns which link both universes.
- A01Inverted Spring6:07
- A02They Own The Night5:39
- A03Dance Of Death6:05
- A05Hunting The Black Eagle6:54
- A06La Guerre De Tous Contre Tous6:00
- A07Stratospheric Layers6:06
- A08Pressure Elements8:29
- A09Distant Shadows13:02
- A12Entonación Chilena (Atacama Mix)6:22
- A13Cape May5:52
- B01Paradoxical Escape12:16
- B02Hyacinth (Remodel)6:22
- B06Entonación Chilena6:03
- B07Atmospheric Path7:25
- B10Reality In Numbers7:52
- B11Beyond Air11:00
- B12A Call To Worship7:23