Rounding off a triplet of releases for Botanika, Jerusalem’s Bunny on Acid delivers us a 3-track EP of his most sensual and heartfelt statements so far.
Kicking off with the claps-based rhythmatism of the A Scratch on the Heart title track, a deep and bouncy affair that will keep any dancefloor hypnotized, the EP delves into even deeper musical territories, bringing to the fore strong sentiments of longing and heartbreak. Through the minimalistic soul of Luv Hurts, where wooden percussion interacts with deep pads and a morose vocal, to 0433, which takes off on some bottom-heavy sub action until the light shines through it’s savouring bassline – this EP finds Bunny maturing into an artist gearing up for longer and fuller musical statements.
Aside from his Botanika trilogy, Bunny on Acid has been busy remixing the likes of Brotto, A Piece of Shh, and Israeli indie group Lorena B, developing his craft and gearing up towards his debut artist album, A Way Back Home, to be released on his Holy Dubs imprint in late 2011, as well as the Bionic Dreams EP to be released on the UK-based 2019 Recordings.
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Algoriddmic is NDV’s third solo EP on Botanika, the follow up to his previous EP, Logariddmic. These two EP’s were conceived around the alchemy of bass-heavy synthesized sounds with Afro and Latin beats; of western scientific formulas with the voodoo of tribal beats. But the results go way beyond any experimental lab-fare.
The drum patterns are heavy, taking their cues from the current threads of UK Funky, House and the various mutations bundled together under Bass music, which are met up with NDV’s far-reaching studio experience, going back to the heydays of Bruk. Mind Over Matters and Night & Day find these modern/ancient rhythms coupled with cut-up feminine samples, while Trimmed is topped off with splashes of tropical marimbas.
Algoriddmic is an EP that avoids easy categorization and gives a unique perspective on today’s sound. Do the math.
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Oxygen is Bunny On Acid’s second release on Botanika and in many ways, it’s a sequel to 2010’s Snow.
The title track is an intense drum machine workout, fusing a driving sub-bass melody with a pad that sounds like polluted air wafting through a dystopian metropolis.
The B-side, Twisting & Turning, veers towards more obscure territories (similar to Snow’s b-side, Unknown), cutting vocal samples against reversed synths and displaced drum beats – imagine Hudson Mohawke getting lost in a forest of jelly antennas.
Rounding off the release is Botanika’s NDV remix of Oxygen, re-inventing it as a 2-step inspired spiritual journey, oozing with bass and far away choirs.
Oxygen’s cover was designed by Heela Harel, a local Tel-Aviv designer, street art hunter and general fashion guru.
Oxygen is released digitally on February 28th
Bunny On Acid (Izik Finley) is a 25 years old DJ/Producer from Jerusalem. He started his musical path at the age of 15, playing bass guitar in several local acts, and later stinting as a computer games music producer. Though he was already playing around with a bit of D’n'B productions for a while, it was only a after a revelatory visit to DMZ at Brixton’s Mass, that Izik created the Bunny On Acid moniker, influenced by the dubstep movement and the FlyLo-like fringes of the hip-hop world.
Locked in the studio while not DJing alongside his Red Eye Familia crew, Bunny on Acid is now focusing on his debut album, influenced by 2-Step, Dubstep, Drum & Bass and the latest Garage mutations – trying to expand on those, taking them into further spaces in & outside the club scenario.
“Snow”, the debut single by BOA, is a startling showcase of his talent. A lush and atmospheric dubstep piece – washes of emotive and poignant pads set against quivering, insisting beats, with a bottom end that holds it all together and makes the inner bits of your stomach bubble up.
The B Side, “Unknown”, takes a further leap into the, well, unknown. Fractures of vocals, synth sweeps and beats are breaking on to the ear, and then reversing like digital ocean waves, creating new rhythms and textures while sounding like the bastard son of Hud Mo & Strakey during a night-swim in the Atlantic.
“Snow” b/w “Unknown” is just the tip of the Bunny iceberg, taken from an ever evolving flow of tracks he’s churning out of the studio on a weekly basis. Def more to come.
- (Cover designed by Heela Harel)
“Another two excellent tracks mate. Botanika is on fire, keep them coming.”
DK, Ninja Tune/Solid Steel
Rob Luis, Tru Thoughts
“Snow is Material Fire!! two great tracks that compliment todays ever growing scene of producers making unnamed regions of atmospheric music which meets & blends between genre’s”
Jay Scarlett, Beat Dimension
“i really like it mate… both sounding sick”
Alex Nut, Eglo/All Young Kings
Musician/producer/DJ/turntablist/crate-digger and music-archivist Markey Funk is a staple of the Jerusalem underground music scene. Starting off as a hip-hop and funk DJ, his musical palette has grown constantly wider and deeper, embracing everything between tropicalia, psychedelia and modern day broken-beats. His dedication and vision has taken him from producing bedroom beats into collaborations with some of Israel’s leading hip-hop and funk artists, such as Sagol 59 (J-Dub records), Bangladeath, Coolooloosh and his close-knit friends Radio Trip (whom he remixed for Jalapeno records), as being The Apples‘ permanent support DJ on their live shows.
His debut release for Botanika records consists of two delicate and astutely crafted beat explorations, not far removed from the cosmic slop of Sa-Ra or DJ Spinna’s Dilla tributes. Soul of Technopolis combines moog inspired electronics with a bumpy 100 bpm hip hop beat, lead by a spaced-out jazzy melody. Its’ flipside, Cissy Mechanics, starts off in even deeper and almost atmospheric territories, combining traces of exotica and psych with a funky breakbeat that turns up mid-way through.
(Cover designed by Idit Frenkel)