Nomine first came to our attention four releases into his Tempa catalogue, blending Far Eastern vocals with sparse, tribal percussion on ‘Nomine’s Chant’. It offered one of the lighter, more hypnotic ways into the Nomine sound, which adeptly unites the contemporary dubstep sounds of London with rhythms and vocal samples from much further afield.
For his fifth EP on Tempa, Nomine continues on the slow-paced, dub-inspired path he left with ‘Nomine’s Chant’ and we’re delighted to premiere our favourite. Iustina’s Bulgarian folklore quivers above the menacing march of a drum before it resigns woefully into the ritualistic cascade of earthly percussion. The scene is set for Nomine’s emphatic B-side to this austere bit of acetate. As soon as Iustina’s lament continues, she is engulfed by an almighty sub, swallowing her up like flames at the stake.
In fact the tone that Nomine creates reminds us of the Berceuse Heroique/KEMAA re-release of the Greek ritual LP Music of the Fire Walkers, especially the Vatican Shadow remix. A tone that is as intriguing as it is haunting.
‘Blind Man’ EP is out now on Tempa, available digitally or on vinyl, via Juno and most other online stores.