[COMBAT 09] :: Haiku
Operative :: Stormfield MonkeySteak Ed Chamberlain Point B Blackmass Plastics
release :: autumn 2006
format :: heavyweight vinyl
Distribution: Veto Music
Haiku is a growling, hybrid electronic track constructed from far-eastern battlefield samples arranged into a staggering rhythm of glitches, sword clashes and flying sparks introduced in gradual measures.
The original version came about organically and unplanned after loads of late nights working with samples and sounds that happened to fit together. The final result seems to sit between a few genres… with each remix pushing the track toward specific influences from electro, electronica and dubstep sources, by adepts in each respective school of thought such as Ed Chamberlain (Base Logic), Monkey Steak, Blackmass Plastics and Point B. This is the label's 9th release, traditionally considered a lucky number among ancient ninja clans.
"Lethal" (Ed Chamberlain remix) - Mary Anne Hobbs, Breezeblock, BBC Radio One
"Stormfield's original track recalls vintage Photek with martial arts samples creating a slow, cinematic rhythm. Monkeysteak turns it techy 2-step; Ed Chamberlain goes filthy electro; Blackmass Plastics do a militant dubstep wobbler; and Point B manages to somehow fuse dubstep and broken beat… And it all works together just fine." - Mixmag
"The tension of association and contrast informs the construction of classic haiku. Stormfield reminds us of this by quoting the renowned master Basho: "over the warriors summer grasses wave: the aftermath of dreams, however brave." Remarkable even in English translation - so how to convert this into sonic imaginings that generate surprise? Samples of warrior clashes seep int othe abstract glitched dubstep of Haiku. Signature bass wobbles pile on the pressure while the grunt and clash of swordplay scar the mix" - The Wire
"Finally an underground label decides to do something interesting with electro breaks... self repsecing electro ninjas can throw shapes to the intricate rework by Monkeysteak and the high-powered bass wobble of Ed Chamberlain's version". DJ Mag