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  • Writer's pictureRagnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir

enter <SPELL>

Last year, I had a joyous collaboration with the extremely talented ssolve. We met in Vienna and did a few sessions together that now has resulted as the track number four on his debut drop that released yesterday. The track is called enter <SPELL>. The whole mixtape is a gem and I have it on repeat. Congratulations on amazing work, ssolve!

Listen and support to the mixtape HERE

‘Mixtape_01’ is the debut drop from Vienna-based ssolve, and a low key hit of the reset button on a range of electronic musics. Reconstituting strewn sounds from club nights and noise gigs, ssolve’s fresh sound takes in liberated dark beats from gqom, kaleidoscopic neoperro, along with guttural industrial throbs (and screams). ssolve moulds these pieces into a fresh little world of heady glocalised bass, beats, and bombast. Behind the mixtape’s sounds lie years of experience ghost-writing, producing, and sound-designing for a range of projects.

Finally let loose, unconstrained, ssolve’s tentacles blossom across cinematic granules of thudding light on ‘Ultra Forever’, sculpt an intimate ambient prayer on ‘Waves’, or slice samples into visceral dancefloor-ready riddims on ‘RYTM F’, ‘RYTM C’, and ‘RYTM D’.

Born in Germany, ‘89 to a Namibian/German Household, ssolve has lived in Vienna for over a decade. ‘mixtape_01’ was co-created with Enesi M., Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir, and Ernst Lima.

Text by Tristan Bath

Cover: Ernst Lima

Written, recorded, mixed by ssolve

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