Oh Badun, where have you been all my life ? What do you mean you’ve been hiding in space stations while listening to Autechre as played by tiny wind up jazz robots ? NO WAY ! That’s what I’ve been doing ! How have we not bumped into each other before ?
I was having a clear out of my Soundcloud the other day (so if you disappeared it’s because I think you’re rubbish) when I stumbled across Badun. There’s a lot of “sound art” shit going on at the moment, especially in electronica. I suspect that what’s happening is a reaction to the Skrillexs, David Guettas and Deadmau5s of the world. The more these infected musical Haemorrhoids spread their nasty discharge around, the further proper music has to run to avoid being splashed. Even I am appalled by that imagery but where do I go to get away from my own brain ?
Badun are a Danish two piece who create loose, organic IDM with a science-fiction and jazz sensibility. Abstract as you like, it comes over as part experimental, part soundtrack and part headfuck. I hate the word organic, especially as applied to music reviews but in their case it is appropriate. Sounds evolve and morph and they transport you from an intro that is one thing to and ending that is somewhere else entirely and you ride the whole thing on a magic sound carpet of hollow space clangs, fizzy sonic exclamation marks and lazy, broken 808’s. Annoyingly I’ve summed up their sound in a catchy and entertaining paragraph but I’ve done it so well that I’ve left myself short of anything else to say. So rather than go on and on and on (like Ken tends to do) I’m going to shut up and end with the happy news that there are quite a few Badun things for you to pick up out there. I’m working my way through their back catalogue but if you’re looking for a pretty awesome intro then you could do a lot worse than pre-ordering the new album “s.o.t.s” which is out on vinyl and digital on August 2nd.