TBR: 16th July
Working to establish a synonymous sound that's as defined to a diction means that Alexis Vogel lays down the law with the second label offering. This new EP takes the ITR ethic to another level, ingraining the staining to the crafted structures and joins. Sipping from the retro cup of breakbeats and groove while expanding the repertoire of repeatable with modern technology, Clairvoyance EP listens to ghosts who's echoes have been reverberated via music since their moment in the sun.
The first and title track begins with a thumping bass with multi-tonal depth. It's matched with tapping beats that jig and jostle on shaking platforms. A marching run forms through a frantic push of tempo as extra layers of rhythm are laid into place. As the progression continues, expressions of percussion begin to form a musical soundscape, made of strange atmospheric synths and patterns of rhythm with distinctive timbres.
Next up is kicked off with a blippy electro bass drum which pounds in a neat tempo. The pitch remains true as new functions of rhythm are added. Cymbals that hum and slice work with a trumpety bass motif that wavers in and out like distant thunder. Gradual progress brings out another moment of peace as the background sensations revert to nature, a tranquil section gives way to the blasting bass which rumbles and pulses as the percussion begins to dance. Dance With The Devil, it seems, as that's what the track is called.
Tonal resonances with warbling digital tones sneak along an avenue of slight bass kicks that form a passing framework of uniform shapes and shades. New rhythmic inclusions inject at small intervals which lead to a quick-rising mixture as the ingredients react. Soon a wall of chatty rhythms is sweeping us from the ground and rising us up into a view-point of drums and synthesiser. ITherapy is a hypnotic and subtle number that also contains immense sonic pressure.
An echoing bass drum rhythm strikes forward with snaps that reverberate and bounce on close walls. 3 To 4 brings on a series of rhythms that layer across one another in looping sections. The percussion builds with new sleek dimensions that gradually prize open the oyster. Within is a fleshy bass line that succulently awaits. Once the work is presented in its entirety, we're left with a choppy beat-fest that's sauced to the brim with deep and scrappy bass.
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