By Jamie Reysen
DJs Bluetech and KiloWatts merge to form Invisible Allies. Their first EP, Hyperdimensional Animals, is best described as just that: Hyperdimensional.
Invisible Allies produce futuristic, otherworldly compositions through polyrhythm, breakbeats and ambient sound. Rhythms and melodies shift so often that it feels like there are songs within each track.
Each original song has a remixed counterpart. Mr. Projectile, The Great Mundane, Erothyme, Bil Bless and Aligning Minds create vastly different versions of the original songs. The remixes turn Hyperdimensional Animals into a melting pot of musical personality.
“Ghost Bridge” leads off with a blend of haunting electronic and bass-heavy progressions. It’s slow and foreboding. By contrast, Mr. Projectile’s remix is fast and drums-driven, building anticipation through dramatic breaks in rhythm.
Ambient hits new heights with “Harmonic Tectonics,” a track that features unpredictable progressions and erratic rhythms. The song is heavily laced with sounds that evoke imagery of ghosts and spirits. The Great Mundane remix further magnifies those samples through slower, echoing electronic melodies.
Both versions of “Turquoise Rain Chant” are among the best songs on Hyperdimensional Animals. The original version focuses on a rich electro beat that imitates the pitter-patter of rain. Erothyme’s remix is more frenetic; it’s comprised of catchy synth melodies and heavy bass progressions, with a lesser emphasis on the original’s electro-raindrop sounds.
The quirkiest track on Hyperdimensional Animals is “Techniculus Funkularus,” a chaotic, breakbeat track. The Bil Bless remix slows down the original’s tempo, integrating distorted bass as the track builds up.
Invisible Allies’ “Mulberry Windows” switches back and forth between sad melodies and heavy drum and bass. The Aligning Minds version—the best remix on the EP—could be described as a polyrhythmic electro ballad. It’s simple and melodic at times, and then it unexpectedly changes, becoming more layered and complex.
Every time I listen to Hyperdimensional Animals, I pick up on at least one new sound per song, and I continue to be surprised by each track’s complexities. The EP drops Nov. 30. In the meantime, check out Invisible Allies’ short mix, available on kilowattsmusic.com.
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