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Review: Album SOUP 015 elevator monkey – lift off

Review by disquiet

When Rifa, on Elevator Monkey (Prison Soup, a French netlabel), isn’t channeling Tom Waits (“Penetrate”), or ramming a disco chestnut through a carton of cigarettes disguised as a granular synthesizer (“Don’t Rush”), it makes for some bracing electronic music. “Timewarp” presents a uniquely staunch take on dub, with a beat that’s little more than a struck match and a compulsory echo that could be approximated with an old coffee can. Rifa humanizes the environs on “Timewarp” with a breathy trip-hop diva, and does the same on “M1,” but that track has a more elegantly rattled rhythm, slipping up on occasion in a manner too low key to be truly called glitch. “Tapemeserios” is of a piece with those tracks, but it also sounds like it was recorded on the Orient Express, with a contact microphone glued to the undercarriage; it’s both fuller and noisier. And then there’s “Bling1,” the album’s finest track, which blends in some hip-hop, but also messes with the rhythms as if the whole composition had been laid on a shifting bed of ball bearings.

Rifa is described by Prison Soup as an Austrian electro and indie/alternative musician, born on 27th May 1977 in Vienna/Austria. Producing tracks since 2000 he has scattered a vast number of free tracks over the internet. Because of the varying styles of music, he uses different pseudonyms to divide his work.

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rifa – [ #RIFA 002 ] sunshine fuzzy ft. marleen

artist: rifa
album: [ #RIFA 002 ] sunshine fuzzy ft. marleen
style/tags: electro/d&b/idm/house/dance
6 tracks 11´58

      01 radio mena signation (skit) | 0:02

      02 afraid of us | 4:22

      03 onk tschika boom boom | 4:30

      04 stress (skit) | 0:12

      05 you don´t need me | 2:43

      06 the world will turn (skit) | 0:12

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[ #SOUP 015 ] elevator monkey - lift off´(rifa)

rifa – [ #SOUP 015 ] elevator monkey – lift off´

[ #SOUP 015 ] elevator monkey - lift off´(rifa)

artist: rifa
album: [ #SOUP 015 ] Elevator monkey – Lift off’
style/tags: electro, idm, alternative
6 tracks 31´18

 

      01 penetrate | 2:07

      02 dontrush | 4:46

      03 tapemeserios | 3:08

      04 bing1 | 5:25

05 timewarp | 10:25
      06 m1 | 5:26

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rifa – [ #RIFA 001 ] seeds of change (great spin)

artist: rifa
album: [ #RIFA 001 ] seeds of change (great spin)
style/tags: electro, idm, experimental, triphop
5 tracks 17´59

      01 seeds of change (gimme my sound remix) | 2:11

      02 nietzsche (dancesab) | 3:58

      03 great spin (glkad remix) | 3:58

      04 we do not eat our friends ! (youtube remix) | 3:15

      05 confucius (lostinlone) | 4:41

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