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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RIFAsound music projects (compilation)

A 13 track collection, including all rifa pseudonyms/projects. Different genres, solo projects and collaboration with close friends like miki obradovic, avrah kadabra and curtiss cobane. Enjoy !

11111. bing1 | rifa – 22222. proud supporters | timon sampla – 33333. ecstasys kingdom | elecTroTseTung – 44444. crazymamma | not used rooms – 55555. kosmonaut | cat in flat – 66666. banksy (umami) | der randamplan – 77777. irrenhaus | fuzzy sessions – 88888. jüdisches verbrechen | miki obradovic – 99999. tote schreie | rifa / avrah kadabra – 10101010. arbeitsheld | rifa / avrah kadabra – 11111111. sturmhauben (potion) | brian shank´s – 12121212. endorfin x | rifa – 13131313. ich will nicht! | der randamplan

bing1 | rifa
proud supporters | timon sampla
ecstasys kingdom | elecTroTseTung
crazymamma | not used rooms
kosmonaut | cat in flat
banksy (umami) | der randamplan
irrenhaus | fuzzy sessions
jüdisches verbrechen | miki obradovic
tote schreie | rifa / avrah kadabra
arbeitsheld | rifa / avrah kadabra
sturmhauben (potion) | brian shank´s
endorfin x | rifa
ich will nicht! | der randamplan