The snowbanks outside provide a good inspiration to compare the Cheap And Deep Productions twelve with an avalanche. It’s as powerful and overwhelming but, unlike the unharnessed power of nature, this experience is taking you over in slower motion – till you find yourself buried under it.
The first, the title track, has mechanical beats as well as Uta Alder’s breaths and pauses. You sit like onboard an icebreaker pushing through a frozen sea with engines under heavy pressure; vibration and chugging goes to the bone. We hear the supremacy of machines par excellence in the B1-track “Tight” with ghostly echoes and voices. “Darkroom Beats” paints a picture of a 30-square-meter cellar, the walls clad in black plastic, where strobes are gone mad. Again, the pace is not making you dizzy but the atmosphere is darker.
Irishman Jay Ahern created with Stefan Schneider under the Hauntologists moniker two impressive EPs. The current one as Cheap And Deep Productions, the title track co-produced by the Serbian Goran Simonski, is a piece of art for the new label.