Science Cult Records
TBR: 21st August
This most recent edition of the Astra Spectra series from the label sees CYRK returning to the darkness with 3 Berlin inspired techno beauties. These are followed by a Syrte remix of the final number. As CYRK prepared this music, the duo imagined themselves as cosmic engineers, holding the planets together with their tones. Do you think it worked? We are still here, after all.
It begins with Solar Mechanics. Huge drums pound and wallop across a spinning vortex of percussive fizz. Snare tampers with the sound wave and reveals something great to dance to. A bass with quick stepping motions joins the party as extra percussion tinkles and cracks in time to the flow. Mechanical textures swing past in springy and buoyant waves of intention as the rolling rhythms shift and creep along progressive bar transfers.
Next comes a distant voice of robotic origin. We're given alien instructions to listen intently as something is building. A rhythm on a drum and distorted metalwork starts to digest the information. New sporadic and phasing bass notes churn in a spiral of digital fluff. Seen Unseen alludes to the mysterious as waves of transparent sound energy dress the bare bones of upbeat and shadow-lined electronica.
A groove and a beat begins with Human Mind. Squidgy bass churns up a field with buzzing beats as rhythmic percussion clatters together. A robotic voice begins to chatter, a phrase is repeated before evocative melodies from a synthesiser begin harmonising and creating their own inner tempos. Wafts of chord shine down while dancing notes repeat catchy phrases. Once Syrte got his hands on this number, the music has been given a deeper feel that's swamped in reverb and mysterious fog. An open space of ambiguity is decorated with neatly formulated riffs and sections that form one long winded search through each contour.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.