Following their blistering inaugural release from Talker comes the second release on the Standards & Practices imprint from label co-founder, Stave, titled Black Hills.
Jonathan ‘Stave’ Krohn returns with 5 tracks of dark, visceral electronic music for the discerning listener. Kicking off with Black Hills, Stave showcases his skills in heavy reverb, searing drone and industrial drums.
Similarly, on TASC US, Stave continues this theme of pummeling drums, and underpinning harsh blasts of noise against bleak, greyscale atmospherics. With an irregular kick pattern and shifting bleeps, Stave separates himself from conventional 4/4 techno and ventures into experimental industrial – with major success.
The final track of the A side, In/Human, and the first track of the B, B5, present an enthralling display into Stave’s EBM efforts. The two tracks are not aimed at the dancefloor, yet both retain that cold, claustrophobic feel that characterises much of Stave’s work.
Closing the EP is the brooding and siniste Stave 17, which moves into exciting new territory with an intensely cinematic sound. Again separated from the club, Stave draws to a close an incredibly interesting EP, filled with industrial experiments and club-ready floor-fillers. An excellent sophomore release for the young label.
Black Hills was released on the 4th of September and is now available in physical 12″ and digital copies. Preview the EP below via Standards & Practices’ Soundcloud