"Here, with the possible benefit of hindsight, Trax manages to pull the best aspects of his predecessors’ digital collage and club-banging together for three dystopian party tracks and one cinematic sci-fi exploration. (8/10)" - Mixmag. June 2016: Print.
"(O)ne of the most arresting and accomplished EPs in any genre this year so far." - hyponik. Web. 25 April 2016
"This is dark, transgressive, abstract club music with stunning sound design throughout. (...) sounds like the universe folding itself into a tiny ball and disappearing forever." - Bleep. Web. 21 April 2016
"(S)tands alone in terms of originality." - Juno, Web. 22 April 2016
"Scything, dynamic new mutations from an as yet unnamed nexus of neo club sounds." Boomkat. Web. 22 April 2016
Since his earlier offerings on both Rinse and Purple Tape Pedigree, Celestial Trax has shown flashes of transcending an already mutant sound: stepping further from tradition and any previously traceable London-borne musical sensibilities. While 2015's Ride Or Die was a frantic, grime-fueled dash along the fringes of club music - inspired by his move to Brooklyn, New York - another year of living in American concrete Paradise/Hell has helped him realize a new flesh.
From The Womb is Celestial Trax's score to self-examination through a lens ground up from past bouts with vulnerability and physicality. "Together" confronts ideas of hedonism and anxiety as a devastating assemblage of laser-cut stabs, shattered voice boxes, and hulking low-end sequentially weave from belly crawl to screaming charge. "Bleed Wiv Me" explores lust and carnality by way of moon-kissed synth flushes, inaudible murmurs and ghostly breaths intertwined with a seductive kick drum pulse. "Secrets" is a self-destructive head driller: harnessing regret, anger, and blame while swimming through the viscous swells of omnipresent bass, shards of glass, and moaning dissonance. At the close of the EP, "Bodily" stands as a reflection of human fragility when floods of burnt chrome distortion and cybernetic motion engage in a gentle duet with a siren choir - the machine down-revs alongside dimming vital signs, lulling the bits of struggle which precede everlasting sleep.
"Francesca Woodman's photography, some choral music, and ballet were a large influence - as was being broke and lonely in New York. It's a claustrophobic and, at times, a chaotic collection of songs that conjured up from a very specific point in my life.
Most of the sounds on the EP were created using various bits of hardware. I wanted to treat these songs like compositions, rather than having anything too repetitive or set patterns - ignoring form that I've previously used and force myself to approach the project differently. From The Womb is my ugly, slimy demon baby." - Celestial Trax
released April 22, 2016
Mastered by Jeremy Cox
Vinyl Artwork & Label by Amad Ilyas / Art Concept by Celestial Trax
Digital Art by ZODIACK