fis - preparations 12" EP

  • Cat No : tri021
  • Label : Tri Angle
12" Vinyl


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Fis’s music, as complex and alien sounding as it can be, presents a challenge when trying to explain exactly what it sounds like. His tracks often have the ability to completely disorientate and absorb the listener, creating rhythms that constantly seem to be consuming one another, shifting before anyone’s had a chance to process them. ‘Magister Nunns’ is colossal psychedelic intimidation as ancient as it is futuristic, robotic and yet swampy and elemental, while ‘DMT Usher’ thrillingly feels as violent as it does meditative. Fis has actually stated that, ‘Lately most of my rhythms are drawn from what I hear and see from my body during meditation.’

Having worked with a number of drum and bass artists in the past, Fis wouldn’t necessarily refer to himself as a drum and bass producer, especially considering how much he mangles and distorts the sound. That said, in attempting to get a handle on what the man is doing, the influence is an important one to note. Another intrinsic element in the music is Fis’s location of New Zealand. Born and raised in Sumner, currently based in Wellington, Fis’s setting has undoubtedly had a huge impact on his sound. In fact the flutes on ‘Magister Nunns’ make direct reference to Dr Richard Nunns, an authority on nga taonga puoro and an elder in New Zealand’s music community. Preparations encapsulates Fis as a writer of rhythm and place.