ALBUM REVIEW: Nicolas Bougaïeff – The Upward Spiral | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 24.07.20






Nicolas Bougaïeff’s latest album continues the Berlin-based artist’s compositional approach to electronic music, drawing inspiration from multiple genres to create a complex, interwoven tapestry of sounds. First track Embrace Hope All Ye Who Enter Here opens things explosively, suitably paving way for the industrial techno-fuelled, white knuckle ride that follows.

Thalassophobia offers a deep, haunting sound with thumping kick drums, bleeping synths and acid splices suited to after-hours dancefloors, while Nexus has a dark, progressive tone that unfolds to reveal hints of gabba, sinister synths and electrifying breakbeats. Overall, the album is one that packs a punch from start to finish, providing a comprehensive insight into Bougaïeff’s multifaceted production ability.


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