Bjarki ‘This 5321’ (трип)
Bjarki hit headlines for all the wrong reasons this week.
The Icelandic producer sacked his label partner for posting transphobic comments online via the label’s Instagram account. He later posted a statement to apologise and distance himself from his former colleague and outlined his support for transgender producers and the LGBT community (pointing out that one of his label artists is transgender).
It was the first sour note, albeit an indirect one, in the artist’s otherwise searingly hot career after a blazing run of releases across his own label and Nina Kraviz’s ‘ТРИП.’ The run included three albums last year on her imprint alone. ‘This 5321’ finds him exploring Berghain friendly trance territory on the opening two tracks; ‘Thodn med skit a master’ and ‘This 5321’ while dipping back into more familiar breakbeat/IDM influenced territory on standout track ‘Galopinn munninn’ and exploring 1990’s Frankfurt-esque techno on ‘Fimmtudagur 16.’
After scaling the heights of his 2016 work, the EP falls short of the brilliance of tracks like the naggingly hooky ‘Fresh Jive,’ the bonkers ‘Lefthanded Fuqs,’ or the messed up melodic masterpiece ‘Baepolar.’
Perhaps we’re expecting too much from one artist to consistently deliver brilliance on the scale that he did in 2016.