Electronica: Warrego Valles – Madmen

For the past few years I spent lots of hours reading and watching Slavoj Žižek and all his contradictory and complicated thoughts, for sure I had a lot of fun, if it’s what you can call fun (at least for a social sciences nerd like me). However, with Warrego Valles I discovered a new kind of fun from Slovenia, the duo composed by Nina Hudej and Nina Belle is something that cannot go unnoticed if you are a fan of heavy and extravagant electronic music, full of psychedelic spices.

Madmen is a track from their newest album entitled Botox (not a trace of Don Draper there). I’d say that Warrego Valles is part of that category of posts I should write about a specific track I received, just to make it cute in Hype Machine catalogue but in fact I am suggesting the whole album itself. Botox has 13 tracks and I’d say it’s 13 tracks of pure electronic insanity, Stop That Noise made me really inspired to start this day, just wishing for more and more of this noise. The album has been released 1st March by Kamizdat label.

You can purchase it in Bandcamp, as embedded, for 15 euros you can have it as a flash card with an awesome handmade booklet designed by Rok Mar, illustrated by Stefan Fähler and with liner notes by Luka Prinčič.

Well, I guess after writing all of this I still need more time to reflect about their sound design. They use fast drum machines, with many glitch sounds and vocals. They put themselves in the experimental techno, as style. Overall, I’d say it’s a combination of glitch, traditional low tuned drums and vocals. It’s possible to find evidences of pad synths that serve as background layers for all those fast drums, such as Cyborg not Cyborg. Moreover, I like the fact that this techno is not male dominated, as it is for many techno dudes out there.

I’d say Warrego Valles is deeply influenced by an underground techno scene. According to their press release, pretty much like a manifesto itself:

It is a result of dark minimalist, abstract post-genre eletro and glitchy sonic landscapes. it tells the story of present times: ephemerality of all action and destruction of the planet duo to climate change and slavery. A grim vision of a world ruled by psychopaths driven by the will to control, greed and domination.

“How else can the drive for immortality be manifest than as an unstoppable exploitation, an endless extraction of resources, a seemingly limitless growth on a finite planet? In a dystopian post-apocalyptic vision called forth into the present in these abstract sounds with words buried in sombre electronic beats and glitches, there’s no sign of mankind after we’ve lost the red sun, our land and sky. We are loosing and destroying our environment. We are fostering more slavery than ever by refusing immigrants, stuffing them in camps and treating them like animals.

In these relationships, humanity is lost while feelings of abandonment, defeat and solitude grow within the personal realm. Underpinning these tracks is a grim vision of the world ruled by psychopaths, driven by a will to overpower and dominate. Only through submission of one’s own body (and mind) will it be possible to find »success«. The greed, the insensitivity, the lust for profit and power, the ability to kneel and to kill.”

Warrego Valles is also available for streaming in Soundcloud and Spotify.



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