Aurora Borealis is proud to unleash Orphan Swords’ “License To Desire Remixes” LP on limited edition vinyl on Aurora Borealis on May 15th, alongside the reissue of “License To Desire”.
The sonic tangle and entheogenic orgy of the demonically inspired “Asmoday” and the tranced-out “Hooker”, are given workovers by Helm, Icon Template, Black Rain, Prostitutes and Svengalisghost.
This is remix as rite of destruction, the tracks being disfigured rather than beautified for commodification. Awkward, uncomfortable listening rubs shoulders with pounding bass, post-techno hiss squall prevails. And then there’s the superbly dirty fever-dream lope of the Black Rain remix.
Formed in 2013, Orphan Swords is a Belgian electronic duo. Their music, described as “a brutal hypnosis” by Ransom Note, has been released on Desire Records, Clan Destine and Idiosyncratics. Idiosyncratic is indeed a description that perfectly fits both their releases and live performances. Recently back from the US, they have shared bills with acts as diverse as Oathbreaker, Andy Stott and Vatican Shadow.
Their new collaborative side project Black Swords with Stuart Argabright of Black Rain [Blackest Ever Black] was released on Vienna’s Noiztank label.
"The ten-minute “Marchosias”…builds into a droning blur with surging drums, echoed, incomprehensible vocals and all sorts of sharp edges. "Asmoday" conjures its own mass of screeching, cackling distortion, but adds an icy sense of melody through a few sustained synth riffs, and fixes everything to a rolling kick. "Hooker" is the most subdued thing yet from Orphan Swords, but it's no less potent. Its steady bass thrums and light, hazy swirls of harmonized noise make for a supremely soothing comedown."
released May 15, 2017
Music by Orphan Swords
Remixes by: Black Rain - Helm - Icon Template - Prostitutes - Svengalisghost
Artwork by Lara Gasparotto
Mastering by A.P
Originally recorded for Desire Records - previously unreleased