Drakkar Noir (R Gamble) and Heidi Sabertooth are NYC-based artists and collaborate together in many capacities, primarily as residents of the Lost Soul Enterprises label and collective, which spotlights analog experiments and mutant sounds past and present: wave, electro, body music, and all things in between. 'The Sleep of Reason' is their first split release together.
'The Sleep of Reason' is inspired by the famous Goya etching ('The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters') and is intended as both a homage to a visionary artist and a reflection that the sentiment in the artwork resonates particularly today.
The split EP showcases two well-seasoned artists flexing a mastery of their machines, delivering subterranean electro, techno, noise and experimental electronics. Gritty, murky basslines meet squelching melodies and alien vocals, all with the vibrant, present, live-wire energy of a hardware set performed in a smoky, crowded basement, rather than programmed within the confines of a studio.
Notes from Heidi:
This collection of songs is a more intimate offering - but far from soft. A channeling of angst and disenchantment about relationships, technology, and expectations of the modern femme. Distorted analog hardware, tart acid, and icy digital vocals accompany a funhouse mirror reflection of self, addiction, and the pursuit of not being bored. All were made with hardware-based synths and drum machines in my home studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Heidi Sabertooth Bio:
NYC-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ and producer Heidi Sabertooth has a serious love for hardware. Grit-laced drum loops, vintage acid and a tide of unruly sound clatters forth from her studio. She's been creating her unique brand of electronics since 2012, pushing out beautiful noise, from the delicate to the jarring. She is resident of Brooklyn-based Lost Soul Enterprises, host on The Lot Radio, curator of Bossa Nova Civic Club’s Techno Support Group nights and co-founder of Synth Library NYC. Her highly lauded live hardware performances and vinyl-heavy dj sets have cemented her own place among NYC’s techno community and beyond. She has music releases on Lobster Theremin, UFO Inc., Bpitch Control, New York Haunted, Lost Soul Enterprises, Kraftjerkz, Dusk & Haze, Blankstairs, Serotonin, Oramics, Cultivated Sound and Motor Records (Seattle), with forthcoming releases on Jacktone and New York Trax. Collaboration projects include synth-pop duo Zeta Sect with fellow Lost Soul Enterprises label-head R Gamble, experimental folk band Opal Onyx and recordings with Little Annie aka Annie Bandez for Tin Angel Records (UK).
Drakkar Noir Bio:
“Drakkar Noir” - a sepulchral alias stolen from a popular 1980s cologne, mostly remembered for its ominous advertising imagery intended to subconsciously evoke mystery, sensuality, idolatry, and dark rituals. A corporate-branded conflation of ancient mythology and vaguely vampiric iconography, it is an empty phrase and a vehicle for the retro-futurist electro excursions of NYC producer R Gamble.
Premieres in: Bizaar Bazaar, Insert, Kaltblut, and Moskalus.
released May 7, 2021
All tracks written and produced by Heidi Sabertooth & Drakkar Noir and mastered by João Melo. Cassette artwork by dabecy.
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This album is such a fun combination of styles and and immensely satisfying listen. Danceable with plenty of room to breathe and helps me focus too. Glad I got the cassette bc it sounds extra gooey. Can't wait to hear more from Xyla :) caramobazgo