Avant-electronic artist Andrea Benini (Mop Mop)
debuts experimental album ‘Drumphilia Vol. 1’ due 6th July via Cristalline Records
listen to El Guerrero here
Italian electronic artist Andrea Benini, lead singer of cross-genre band Mop Mop, is pleased to announce details of his debut album, ‘Drumphilia volume 1’ this summer. The album is a rhythmic experiment that sits on the fault line between traditional instrumentation and analogue electronics. The project is a response to many years spent working with, learning about and listening to African and Caribbean percussion. Traditional rhythmic influences are combined with analogue drum machines and drum synths to create a hybrid sound that continues in the tradition of artists like Frances Bebey.
Andrea details the album: “It is a journey inspired by early African electronic music and modern beats”.
There are no traditional harmonic instruments on the recordings – the aim was to create melody and texture using only carefully tuned percussion instruments whether organic or electronic. Basslines were created by blending drum synth tones with the acoustic marimbula a traditional Caribbean instrument that was often used in place of a bass guitar. Melodies were created with everything from log drums and thumb pianos to early Soviet drum modules and the trailblazing Pearl Syncussion SY-1.
Various time signatures and textures are used across the album to produce melody out of rhythm – hypnotic evolving tracks that celebrate and highlight the importance of rhythm in modern music. All the sessions were recorded at the Mop Mop studio in Berlin between September and December 2016. Instruments featured include: Log drum, marimbula, kalimba, sansula, krabebs, Pearl Syncussion SY-1, Vermona DRM1, MFB Tanzbär, MFB Tanzmaus, RMIF Elsita, assorted drum machines and talkboxes.
2LP/CD/Digi Out on Cristalline – a division of – Agogo Records