Evar Records’ RAVE4EVAR announces S4M23’s heartfelt hardcore masterpiece ‘Angelface’
The debut EP from Chicago-based S4M23 channels personal and collective loss into a cathartic release that demands attention.
LOS ANGELES — Following the release of Limewax’s Untitled and Speed Dealer Moms’ SDM-LA8-441-114-211, Trickfinger and Aura T-09’s Evar Records imprint is keeping its foot on the gas, officially introducing the arrival of its sub-label, RAVE4EVAR. Embracing more of an outlaw mindset, RAVE4EVAR was created as a place for rebellion to collide with rave, offering refuge for off-the-cuff releases, special projects and occasional one-off collaborations.
Ushering in the sub-label’s inaugural release, RAVE4EVAR is proud to present Chicago-based DJ, producer and new media artist S4M23’s debut EP, Angelface. The five-track project, set to arrive on July 2nd via a limited edition cassette and digital download, combines haunting vocals with pounding kicks and rave synths to create a moving take on hardcore. Written and recorded during a weeklong session in April 2020, the creation of Angelface took place during a period of processing grave personal loss juxtaposed with the collective state of chaos, grief and fear brought on by the covid-19 pandemic.
Within that specific period of time, S4M23 channeled intense emotion to reflect how cathartic it can be to honor the connections we build with one another despite how frenetic and heart-wrenching the circumstances of a particular moment or experience can be. Pouring an immense spectrum of emotions into Angelface, these productions eschew simple repetition to create unexpectedly complex rhythms and textures that evoke the sounds of British club music and ’90s rave, while simultaneously creating something entirely new.
“While this EP is honestly very different from almost all of the work I’ve made before and am planning to make in the future, I always sense a common thread while reflecting over the timeline of music I’ve created,” S4M23 says, noting how music has always played an integral role in paralleling their own growth as an artist and person. “Dark swirling harmonies, melodies and a commonality in rhythmic choice reflect my own tendency to become obsessive and seek out intensity in a way that I can control, manufacture, ebb and flow. The process [of writing Angelface] made me realize fully how meaningful it can be to create music with someone in mind, and/or even just a strong feeling or desire. This put things in context as I find that the music I gravitate to when I am listening often gives me a heightened emotional response or even a physical one; music that gives me pins and needles or brings tears to my eyes.”
label RAVE4EVAR | Evar Records
date July 2nd
format Limited cassette | Digital
cat. # RAVE4EVAR001
MORE ABOUT ANGELFACE:
“swampy-ts” – Perfect for peak time on the dancefloor, this thumper layers pads, a powerful sidechained kick, reverb-drenched vocals and haunting synth lines into a pummeling meditation that evokes Copenhagen techno and Euro trance.
“twister-cm” – A fast-paced footwork-esque bass drum, frenetic claps and haunting melodies build a tense explosion of energy that defies genre classification but would sound at home in DJ sets by Sentimental Rave and Miley Serious.
“heart-snm” – Grime-inspired loops provide a moment of danceable reflection and introspection. For fans of Mr. Mitch, Walton and Dark0.
“hyperworld-sd” – Frenetic, speedy and filled with drama, this track whips through interlocking rhythms and patterns in a dark, body-shaking reverie.
“angelface-ik” – An anthem for dancefloor euphoria; the bittersweet beauty of daylight breaking through the windows at the end of a long night at the rave. Emotive synths and rippling percussion carry the listener to another plane–and maybe move them to tears.