Since its inception in 1998, FatCat Records has hosted its acclaimed Split Series, featuring releases from Konono #1 with The Dead C; David Grubbs and Avey Tare; and Alog and Astral Social Club. The series has been on hiatus since 2011, but FatCat is revamping the project with a release from The Durian Brothers and Ensemble Skalectrik. Both artists use turntables as their primary means to create music. The Durian Brothers are a Dusseldorf-based trio who have put out three EPs on their own Diskant label. Two-thirds of the trio handle the intentionally misused turntables; they stretch rubber bands across the decks and cover them in assorted non-vinyl objects to achieve propulsive loops of rhythm and richly textured modulations. Ensemble Skalectrik is the side project of Bristol-based sound shaper, Nick Edwards, aka Ekoplekz. Unlike the quasi-structured pieces by The Durian Brothers, Ensemble Skalectrik's creations are entirely spontaneous. On a turntable, he splits and layers fragments of old vinyl, resulting in washes of static giving way to rippling bleeps, which in turn morph into woozy mounds of repetition.
The split is out July 9 on FatCat, pressed in a limited edition 700 copies.