Modus Operandi, an EP by Impérieux, is the latest release from Sum Over Histories, the label from Frankey & Sandrino that champions introspective sounds for reflective times.
There’s an air of mystery surrounding Impérieux. The Bulgarian-born artist prefers to avoid the spotlight and work diligently on music instead, building a sound influenced by the underground scene in Sofia and his Turkish roots.
Impérieux began production of Modus Operandi in Bulgaria, and continued throughout his move to Berlin last year. The artist says it was a melancholic time; dealing with culture shock and a new language was challenging even without a pandemic. This EP is a reflection of that.
Dark and brooding, simplistic and surreal, Impérieux took inspiration from the fantasy worlds of novelist Murukami and named the tracks after his work.
Opening track “Mondbad” is a pensive house production with scattered percussion and dream-like melodies. This track is no ode to the dance floor but a tribute to the bedroom, to those moments we’ve experienced too often this year - the ones with only ourselves to turn to.
“Terra Incognito”, however, with its scintillating hi-hats, glitchy synths and resonant brass feels full of optimism and urgency. It’s here the full spectrum of Impérieux’s talent comes to the fore - the producer understands how to draw emotion from the listener, when to add elements and when to take them away, to create a transformative aural experience.
Impérieux’s influence and biography shines through in title track “Modus Operandi.” It’s both a nod to the artists’ Turkish heritage as well as a love affair with analogue house, a celebration of the genre’s ability to connect continents and cross borders.
With tracks as versatile and genre-bending as this, there’s no doubt Modus Operandi will reveal Impérieux to be a formidable producer. But it still took some convincing: “Sandrino already had the tracks and wanted to release them,” Impérieux says. "He even encouraged me to release them even if not with him. I was very sceptical about releasing them but he made me change my mind and here we are.”
Sandrino says: “As soon as I heard these tracks I knew they had to be shared. The way Impérieux translates his experiences and emotions through music is second to none. He’s a phenomenal talent and we’re delighted we were able to encourage him to share this EP with the world!”
Frankey says: “Our goal with Sum Over Histories is to champion new and emerging talent from all over the world. Impérieux’s eclectic background and emotive style is precisely the kind of musical experience we want to share with our community.”
Published: 11th February 2021