After a long hiatus, both Path Records and flagship artist, Upsetting Keys can be appreciated for what it was, and still is... ground-breaking innovative punk spiritualism, surprisingly not dissimilar from their peers and influences: Front 242, Skinny Puppy, Cabaret Voltaire, Derrick May and so on.
Emerging from deep within the depths of the Brooklyn underground, Upsetting Keys seeks to inform, to educate and inundate. This time they are armed with emotional, unknown electronic structures that originated back in the late 90s. The audio sculptures presented on this release specifically pass somewhere in a shape between total art form and other, much more subliminal and subdued opaque constructs. Reade Truth, iconic producer of Planet E and Sonic Groove fame, rewinds all the way back to his first imprint, reintroducing to the public to the elusive and oft hyped Path Records.
Upsetting Keys, a name whispered privately by elite DJ's around the world, is a timeless example of the electronic underground. Almost 2 decades ago, Jake Reif (L.I.E.S, Rong Music, Savage Hymn) began working alongside Reade Truth at his infamous Zone of FX studio; each of them expressing, in a unique, uncompromising style, a frustration and dissatisfaction with the increasingly insipid direction of music, politics and life in general. This shared malaise produced regularly intense, 24 hour marathon studio sessions, which resulted in the inimitable sound-scapes that have come to be known as "Upsetting Keys".
In 2001, their debut EP "Empathy" was a silent masterpiece, inhibited only by sound quality and availability. Finally, these tracks get the treatment they initially deserved, with proper audio mastering carefully applied. Upsetting Keys, initially trapped in an era where dull throw-away concepts dominated techno culture, can now freely present their unusual techniques; which involved impossible sampling, maniacal rhythms and infectious melodic content, all of which lay waste to those past aesthetics.
Upsetting Keys, a timeless example of the electronic underground. Jake Reif (L.I.E.S, Rong Music, Savage Hymn) and Reade
Truth (Path Records, Sonic Groove, White Label, Planet E, N-Syde) produce inimitable sound-scapes that have come to be known as the "Upsetting Keys"....more