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Tzusing — A Name Out of Place Pt. II


Cruising the L.I.E.S. soundcloud (which for my own sake I should do more often) is never a bad idea. The label run by Ron Morelli is at this point a bedrock of American weird, noisy, and generally underground techno and related strains of electronic music. Did some listening and pretty quickly gravitated to the sounds that Shanghai’s TZUSING has unleashed through the label. Tzu Sing (real name Tzu Sing(!)) appears only to have a few full-on solo releases under his belt, one for PREPOST and two for L.I.E.S.—the latter the duo of A NAME OUT OF PLACE PT. I and A NAME OUT OF PLACE PT. II.

The former was released a few months ago and properly rips. The latter was just released and is currently what is keeping me from going to sleep at this moment when I am actually very tired. A right four-track 12″, A Name Out of Place Pt. II thumps, and scrapes, and while never getting toooo noisy, manages to boast some really interesting sounds that zig when zagging seems the clear choice, etc. Weird samples and an industrial feel round out the unique sound and rather broad and eclectic palette of this Chinese producer known in Shanghai for his Stockholm Syndrome party and his bike-parts business. Hard to say what my favorite is here, as “Khi-Tang” and “Frankencense and Myrhh” both really do it for me. “Khi-Tang” brings some really warped synths over a beat that carries with it a droning Asian feel. “Frankencense and Myrhh” is the baddest track here though, and for that it has my heart and the rest of my body. A seriously bombastic, deconstructed breakbeat pounds away beneath an acid-splattered industrial clatter and I just need to get to a dark room, with this track blasting, full of people dancing madly.

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