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LAD: "Zelda Redux" - Digital Release

LAD: "Zelda Redux" - Digital Release

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As if it were not enough with the crazily good and groundbreaking Zelda EP released on vinyl two years ago, Lad digs into the original material to deliver two brand new radical dancefloor killer tunes, along with a tech bomb bonus track and an exclusive remix from Lagardere.

A superb, deep, bouncy, traveling invitation, and a groovy techno rereading that find us shaking our feet and makes our mind dizzy. This redux EP version freely breathes and travels high-up in some mystical and untamed electronic stratosphere.

Bergvall II is a mad rolling rollercoaster, driven by crispy hi-hats and a dark funk implacable rhythmic section. Vocals are deeply haunting and hold the listener from start to the end, while woody percussive stabs punctuate the whole partition. A definitive ghost train ride in the woods, through shadows and light, its a groovy and rad dancefloor tune.

Isolate II is a pure gem of deep and punchy hypnotic futuristic techno. Mystical and dreamy oriental sounding vocals are ghostly floating on a jumpy synth sequence that take us by hand, holding it, grabbing us til the last note, the whole groove fed with a pinch of acid reminiscence. Radical subbasses supported by a hard and driving kick, sharp and dirty housy hi-hats in opposition to the intriguing melodic and light vocals nail the whole track to the ground. The perfect soundtrack for early afterhours on a fat and powerful soundsystem.

Lagardere’s mystical woods wandering remix of Bergvall is a surprising down tempo piece of music, driven by insect sounding distorted basses and orientated tribal drums. The track sounds like a white/dark magical ceremony, the poetic twisted voice of Lad’s original version leading it. Coloured with Indian influences, Lagardere’s remix takes some unknown unconscious paths, turning the piece into a musical initiatic voyage recipe. Definitively a strong, personal and daring vision of Lad’s original mix.

The Tear is simply a techno bomb. A mad steam machine which once it’s turned on rolls on and on. Constructed around a main acid and electric sound that deploys up and down like a mad driller, the whole track opens its mechanic claws to digest everything on its way. Lad constructed a main base so radical, sounding like a modern industrial version of past techno echoes, visited by reverbed and glitched clatters, electric noises and uncompromised driving hi- hats. A machine’s ballet, a boiling factory close to explosion. Pure techno dynamite.


Tracklist :
1.Bergvall II (Original Mix)
2. Isolate II (Original Mix)
3. Bergvall (Lagardere Mystical Woods Wandering Remix)
4. The Tear (Original Mix)

Gregor Tresher // Awesome release
Maceo Plex // Bergvall II is slammin
Laurent Garnier // very good release
Ed Davenport // The Tear is pretty brutal - I like!!
Alessio Mereu // Bombs!
Deepchild // Tasty tasty bangers
Sasha // deep and deadly
Doomwork // Bergvall II is dope!!
Johnny Cruz // this is too bad ass for words...
Luciano Sambati // Bergvall (Lagardere Mystical Woods Wandering Remix) is really nice!!
Jamie Stevens // Bergvall II is good. An EP of post-apocalyptic vibes.
Alan Bergmann // Amazing EP!!!


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About the artist


Ladislav Agabekov aka LAD is a multi-talented and experienced artist to say the least. Since his first steps into music, twenty years go, he has constantly been searching for new boundaries to break. Starting with piano and guitar, he has been performing in several touring bands such as the swiss hardcore-metal legend NOSTROMO before emerging into the world of electronic music.

Sometimes, big changes occur and, deep inside, you know that's the way it should be. In this case, there's no room for doubt. This is pretty much what happened to LAD when he fell in love with electronica, around 1998: it was a revelation. He immediately started djing, first in Switzerland, then abroad as well, sharing stages and booths with friends and influential artists such as Dandy Jack, Quenum, Andrès Garcia, Sonja Moonear, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Dave the Hustler or Niels.

The natural continuation to this adventure was production -another field he has been successful in-, collaborating first with his Friend Dave The Hustler to release the mesmerizing hit “ERA BULGARIS” on Num Records in 2007. LAD also has collaborated with Quenum for a release on Dandy Jack's imprint, RUTA 5 and on a release for New-York's THEMA RECORDINGS. Since then, LAD satisfied his ever growing need to experiment by collaborating on different projects, brilliantly juggling his dancefloor-burning dj sets and the more introspective aspects of music creation.

In 2011, he produced the soundtrack of a movie called “He was a giant with brown eyes” and worked on a track with the electronic sorceress Kate Wax on this occasion, creating a strong and sensitive interaction between voice and machines.

LAD has now launched his long-time premeditated project of giving birth to his own imprint. CADUCEUS RECORDS is in the game: his ultimate movement for artistic freedom is aiming to make its way to the finest of the electronic scene under the motto 'Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates, everything is music'

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