Set for release on June 21st, this is the final instalment in a series of EPs for NovaMute inspired by Greg Egan’s sci-fi novel Permutation City (1994):
The title-track ‘On The Grid’ has been premiered by Mary Anne Hobbes on BBC Radio 6; A2 track ‘Rip Tie Cut Toy Man’ was premiered along with an Interview by Magnetic Magazine and Norman Records tipped Nicolas as “one of the hottest prospects in techno”.
” I enjoy making music inspired by books, it gives me the opportunity to create a musical embodiment of what would otherwise be purely imaginary visions. You know that thing where you see what’s happening in your mind’s eye? I like making music that acts as the soundtrack for that imaginary cinema. I was producing these tracks a few weeks before my first Berghain gig, so I was obviously keen to make bangers. These tracks are the resulting overlap between me geeking out on these sci-fi stories and soundtracking my favourite club.”
Opening track ‘Eden Configuration’ combines a monolithic synth line with propulsive bass grooves. ‘Rip Tie Cut Toy Man’ introduces a furtive synth melody tucked beneath rhythmic rumbles. Bougaïeff’s voice is featured for the first time on the stripped back title track ‘On The Grid’, a playful alternative to dark dystopia. The result is a fast and upbeat cut, reminiscent of 90s minimal yet delivered with punchy modern production. Closer ‘Skyscrape Model’ features a fluid acid line amidst reverberating warehouse beats, providing a sense of energetic resolution.