Aggravated assault is an attempt to cause serious bodily harm to an individual with disregard for
human life. Factors that raise an assault to the aggravated level typically include the use of a weapon,
the status of the victim, the intent of the perpetrator, and the degree of injury caused.
01 - Manslaughter: Voluntary
Voluntary manslaughter is commonly defined as an intentional killing in which the offender had no prior
intent to kill, such as a killing that occurs in the "heat of passion." The circumstances leading to the
killing must be the kind that would cause a reasonable person to become emotionally or mentally disturbed;
otherwise, the killing may be charged as a first-degree or second-degree murder.
For example, Dan comes home to find his wife in bed with Victor. In the heat of the moment, Dan picks up a
golf club from next to the bed and strikes Victor in the head, killing him instantly.
02 - Espionage
Espionage or spying is the act of obtaining secret or confidential information or divulging of the
same without the permission of the holder of the information. Spies help agencies uncover secret information.
Any individual or spy ring (a cooperating group of spies), in the service of a government,
company or independent operation, can commit espionage. The practice is clandestine, as it is by definition
unwelcome. In some circumstances it may be a legal tool of law enforcement and in others it may be illegal and
punishable by law. Espionage is a method of intelligence gathering which includes information gathering from
Espionage is often part of an institutional effort by a government or commercial concern. However, the term
tends to be associated with state spying on potential or actual enemies for military purposes. Spying involving
corporations is known as industrial espionage.
One of the most effective ways to gather data and information about a targeted organization is by infiltrating
its ranks. This is the job of the spy (espionage agent). Spies can then return information such as the size and
strength of enemy forces. They can also find dissidents within the organization and influence them to provide
further information or to defect. In times of crisis, spies steal technology and sabotage the enemy in various ways.
Counterintelligence is the practice of thwarting enemy espionage and intelligence-gathering. Almost all nations have
strict laws concerning espionage and the penalty for being caught is often severe. However, the benefits gained
through espionage are often so great that most governments and many large corporations make use of it.
Captivity is the next highly anticipated extended EP by Kush Arora aka Only Now, following a triptych of self-released output in 2019. Continuing the project’s ever evolving engagement with themes of time and existence, Captivity encompasses versatile synthesis, mutant kuduro, widescreen sound design, turbulent cold fronts of power ambient and melodic undertones of black metal.
The product of a two-year period in which Arora was contending with transitional shifts in his personal life, Captivity is a culmination of what the project has explored both in a prolific run of recent material and as a whole, across several years of time dilating, mind altering music.
Although shaped by adversity and corresponding sentiments of angst and insignificance, Captivity is pitched at total transcendence. Adopting a meticulous approach to production, a methodology which opens up almost every element to transformation and deconstruction, Arora generates forms which possess a sense of pointillist precision, as well as a keen psychedelic potency.
Despite consistency with his earlier output as Only Now, Captivity is nevertheless an indication of Arora’s ability to challenge internal and external assumptions. The introduction of new hardware – namely, the Nord Drum 3P synthesizer – as well as the incorporation of far-flung atmospherics – closing track ‘Clock Lust’ features field recordings from a trip to Kyoto – delivers fresh enterprise and experimentation, contributing to the expansion of a sound signature which remains as unpredictable and compelling as ever.
With the eponymous opener, Arora combines fathomless underworlds and riotous breakbeats. On ‘Mutants’ a hyper-kinetic onslaught of percussion, low-end and stray cut-ups of noise break out, building to a panorama of thunderous industrial firmaments. ‘Perpetual Slaughter’ maintains momentum with icy, ricocheting FX and concussive, tribal drums, and then unexpectedly shifts into a poignant outro which brings to the fore the enduring influence of black metal on the project. ‘Bound 2’ is cut with relentless sub-bass and rapid syncopation, resembling an abstracted form of juke music, something that could feasibly have been masterminded by Autechre. With the LP’s finale, ‘Clock Lust’, Arora presents a finale of transfixing 3D ritualism, the lone toll of a bell ringing out into a mesmeric emptiness.
Together these form a complete statement from Arora, illustrating the fertile and open-ended territories the Only Now project has arrived at after promising outings on Infinite Machine and Discrepant imprint Sucata Tapes. With Captivity Arora delivers a substantial highpoint and a profound voyage into the world of Only Now.
Captivity is released October 11th on Souk Records.