Earth is Flat’s Kamil Boguslawski and Kamil Ilcewitz moved from Poland to the UK so they could create electronic music in a more fertile place. Their hometown was small city without the same access to new music they could find in the UK midlands where they now reside. The results of that move are heard on Away From Here and Now, their debut mini album on Bit-Phalanx Music.
Five years in the making, Away From Here and Now uses field recordings among real instruments and vocals to create a thick texture to what is an often dark and brooding body of work. At times Earth is Flat produce an organic texture to their music with the recordings working their magic. On “Birds and Bees” haunting vocals and tribal drums break into bird song and hand claps that evoke the feeling of emerging from a dank jungle into a beautiful paradise.
The presence of the field recordings means there is always a natural element to the music which inherently resonates with us.
Oriental vibes flow thorugh Away From Here and Now yet it is bass music which Earth is Flat are most closely aligned. “Bom Bolenath” is big beats and reggae vocals while dark jungle ebbs into “Zoom” and “Investigation” is their take on breakcore with the most prononced of the synthetic music on the album. These hectic tracks fracture the smoothness of their more serene productions such as “Natural Selection” and “Blue Light”, yet never sounds jarring - it’s as if the presence of the field recordings means there is always a natural element to the music which inherently resonates with us.
Boguslawski and Ilcewitz are keen to ensure they don’t become like the artists out there who, in their words “like to copy themselves and each other. [There are] plenty of sheep and not enough shepherds”. Away From Here and Now sets out that intention by being a mini album that has similar ingredients on each track, yet the results are different every time. The reward is an inventive debut that very much marks them as potential shepherds to future electronic music producers.