Tim Tama The Skin EP

 

Tim Tama might be a name most of you don’t know. He hails from Holland and his schtick (schtick schtick) is industrial techno. This might not be to everyone’s taste as it’s often heavier than lead. But in amongst the pounding visceral beats and the, at times, frantic hi-hats are moments of pure beauty.

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Of the 4 tracks on this EP the first track The Skin I: Remains is a heavy breakbeat influenced track with added acid beats. Well worth a listen.

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Track 2 The Skin II: Chemicals is more industrial in sound but still holds enough interest for me at least.

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Track 3 The Skin III(do you get the naming structure now) : Sometimes | Reminisce is to me the standout track it starts with a lovely orchestral synth with a hint of a kick drum like something dark knocking at the door trying to gain entry. Then bang the door is kicked open and in walks a thumping beat but all the while that synth washes over you kind of placating you. The first break comes not before time but the break is filled not with the synth as you’d expect but an acid rhythm before building and in comes that beat again but this time it is less insistent and the whole piece has taken on a fluid dance rhythm. To finish the track it goes all industrial to run through the whole gamut of musical emotions.

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The final track Skin IV: None More Black is again more industrial beats but then at the break it hits into a slightly skittish drum and bass rhythm that slips and slides around a mysterious melody that sounds like it’s sprung from a science fiction film. The whole EP is worth a couple of listens to appreciate the depth of the music inside rather than the first shock of the industrial beats. I say buy it but take a listen first.

 

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