Reviewed: 2+2=5 – Sins EP [Advanced (Black)]

Words on contemporary releases. Seeking to offer an honest description of works which manage to exist in their own space and time.

2+2=5  Sins – Advanced (Black) [2017]

Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to keep up to date with all the young producers that break through. Talent is unfortunately not always a requirement. However, consistency and perseverance remain deciding factors for success, even more so for unsigned artists hoping to be released or to land a gig. About a year ago Androucha Roussel, known under his alias 2+2=5, started making waves with his fresh productions. Remaining cool under the sudden attention, he continued to approach making music in the same poised manner. Without succumbing too soon under the pressure of signing at an agency or a label that didn’t fit his vision, 2+2=5 steadily moved from several VA’s to his Sins EP on Advanced (Black), released on November 6th.

Advanced is a Berlin techno label founded in 2012 with two subdivisions, Advanced (White) and Advanced (Black). They take on the full range of techno, focusing their output rather on emerging quality than nitpicking over niches. Something refreshing and the formula seems to work well for them, having put out music from artists like Unconscious, Marla Singer, Abyssal Chaos and Sutter Cane. In some respects the output resembles the quite famous Nachtstrom Schallplatten.

2+2=5’s Sins EP focuses itself entirely around the thematic of the seven deadly sins, offering quite mind bending productions to match. Thematic releases are seen more often at Advanced, the last one being the Olympus VA on which 2+2=5 released Alcyoneus. The first track opens without holding back. Envy is laced throughout with delicious acid patterns, trademark for the productions of 2+2=5, while the suspense is built through the synth progression and rolling kicks. Greed ups the ante and offers the listener a revisited 90s rave experience. In contrast to the title, the track is not too greedy. It doesn’t abuse the overly cheesy acid rave “traps”, yet stays a calculated tool for the dj. It is not at all unthinkable that acts like Minimum Syndicat could use this in their repertoire. The following sins Lust, Pride and Sloth sound a bit heavier, and are clearly influenced by elements of industrial techno. Again, well executed, showing skill to compose it into something familiar as the sound of 2+2=5. The EP closes with Gluttony, a fat acid smasher, giving the audience one more moment to revel in sin. Combining elements from the more acidy rave and industrial tracks, it blends in nicely with the rest and gives a satisfying end.

To translate a certain premeditated story into a coherent EP is quite difficult.To not make it sound cheesy even more so. Right there lies the magic of this EP, keeping things clean yet ready for a Parisian warehouse rave. It is just a matter of time before more people get acquainted with 2+2=5.