One of my favourite activities of the moment, and unfortunately among the only ones possible, is to go on Saturday to the vinyl store Palma39 to buy some records. Among the albums that I have bought recently, one of the best is Cause of Chaos by Greek producer Unhuman and artist and activist Petra Flurr, released on the Italian label based in Berlin, She Lost Kontrol. It is available in a limited edition of 350 copies on black vinyl and in a limited edition of 100 copies on green vinyl, the latter only available on She Lost Kontrol’s Bandcamp.
Both Unhuman and Petra Flurr already have several contributions to their credit (Nostromo, Violet Poison for Unhuman; Modernista, 89st for Petra Flurr) and various releases. Unhuman is also the founder of Liber Null, an artists’ collective based in Berlin.
But what happens when this Italian-German-Greek duo comes together to create this wonderful Cause of Chaos? Composed of 8 incredible tracks, the LP will make us navigate between EBM, electro, industrial and post-punk, while combining a modern touch and sounds from a decade that many of us remember with nostalgia. From the very first hearing, we are conquered by the energy that emanates from the duo and Petra’s voice, sometimes reminiscent of our dear Gabi Delgado.
I would like to highlight two pieces of this LP in particular. Opening “Nucleus”, with its sensational melodic work, spirals through the intricacies of EBM and shows a primitive energy, which gave me goose bumps. The last track “TV006” has deep industrial roots, and its intro reminds us of our national Esplendor Geométrico. Between these two masterfully finished tracks, we can enjoy a breathtaking journey with “Suriv” and its ultra-saturated voices, the electro of “Distraction = Destruction”, and the more post-punk side of “Heile Welt”.
If you want to discover the rest, you know what you have to do: for those like me, live in city where there are still records stores, go there and support them and the artists by buying this LP, which can’t be absent from your collection. Otherwise., please go to Bandcamp.
Translation: Joanne Gagnon