Coming off the back of a premiere from Thump, and consistent shows in the Melbourne techno scene, Elisabeth Dixon has released her debut album, titled LP1.
Her fondness for drone and ambient music is evident within the effort, kicking things off through Limit Experience. Muffled dub-bass stabs echo through reverb’d percussion, creating a perfectly curated atmosphere of atmospheric noise, until a steady and subtle 4×4 kick punches through the textures of sounds. A perfect ‘scene-setter’, which leaves you very excited for what’s to come. The textures certainly take centre-stage over the surrounding percussion, making the track more of an experience and a journey, rather than a club essential.
From there, the Melbourne native takes a dark and eery turn in Dispose. A rumbling drum pattern lays the base for a deep growling synth, to be layered again with cascading drones. At almost the exact midpoint of the track, a delayed stab crashes through the skin of drones and percussion, providing a heavy effort which would be no stranger to a headline set.
The following track, Technique of Self, is my personal favourite. Pairing a significantly punchy kick with crisp hats and a swirling vocal sample, Dixon creates a head-nodding belter. Ping-pong delay aplenty, the vocal pierces through the foreboding ambient synths which is rocked back and forth with more clean rim shots – an absolute cracker.
To close off her debut, Dixon provides two more excellently produced, yet extremely different tracks through Discipline and Intervention. The former with a gritty underpinning synth line, and some heavy, heavy bass stabs amongst rattling percussion. The latter, is a fast-paced closer. Whilst still heavily atmospheric, the percussion is taken down a notch – filled with reverb and a much softer kick – with the familiar bass stab ricocheting throughout. A perfect track to close an even better debut full-length.
Joining the brilliant debut of Dixon’s album is a remix of Limit Experience by Traducer, which pays homage to the heavily atmospheric opener, and partners it with some more rattling percussion and synth work.
Elisabeth Dixon’s LP1 is due out next month via Trait Records.
– Written by Henry Rowe