With The Void
UFO Inc. Records
Out 10th February
Singer, DJ, and live techno performer Heidi Sabertooth rattles out a brand new EP to kick off another fantastic year for UFO Inc. Having an expert knowledge of her kit that brings out a stunning live element to her work, this prolific producer from New York is raring to go with this new release. Passionate composition involving three vintage instruments brings out a modern yet fascinating visitation to past technology. Expect to make acquaintances with the iconic Roland SH-101, Korg ESX2 Electribe and Yamaha DX200 with this record, three legends of antiquated hardware that push the genre in every feasible direction. Paying attention to the necessity for groove and accessible tempo with a desire to experiment and rewrite loose boundaries over and over, this project demonstrates how creativity and crowd-pleasing work together.
It starts with a high-speed melody that jumps in scales around a building dirty bass. The beat pushes harder until it brings mists of static across the melody loop. Then, a brief pause in the rhythm brings the notes to the front once again before a new layer of rhythm is added. Bass and snare with rapid-fire hats break across the motif which begins to warp and shift under the weight of several effects. Waveforms are squashed, twisted, and stretched, as various elements of the track swivel and swerve to the rhythm of the consistent beat. Dark Adaptation does have a sense of the shadows about it, pressing tones with anxious beats rage through a repeating and shifting kineses of progressive dance. The track builds with ever more layers of intense rhythmic clarity, building the pressure to higher degrees of frantic pace.
High Wire begins on a sudden bassy drop into murky depths. Bubbly treble splashes in variant tones around the plunging under-section. Pattering drums rain down as squelchy sounds build and froth on the edges and drift to the curdling centre. A sludge of sound infused with inflection of zap and stable drumming gives a dark and viscous mix that draws us in like syrup. Extreme elements of flavour mature within the whole as streaks of sound dash from the bars into reverb and sustain. Random yet beautifully aligned beats continually add their adjustments and tones to the gathering sonic soup. Are we balancing on a line suspended high above this bubbling cauldron of synthesiser and drum?
A bass melody full of vibrant character opens for track three. A pushing drum slides the bars up into concertina folds of repetition before a new line of snare and hat brings about a sustainable flow. The cymbals build gradually in bursts layered over many loops, eventually bringing in with full confidence of their imperative for a dancing tempo. Steady clunking beats provide a slow and graceful swing through twangy notes that rumble on slightly muted bass strings. Oscillating tones warp and gurgle as the hypnotic rhythm seduces the mind into a spongy state of acceptance. An Eye Is My Why perhaps means that knowing look that doesn't have to explain a word. As the music progresses, the gravity of its cool brings it to it's knees before yet another layer of sudden rhythm scoops it up and flings the track into a new dimension.
To finish up, we get Ur Pushin It. It begins with a ferocious bass beat that's filthed up with crunchy distortion. A plucked melody breaks through, with a simple three tone drive that begins to form a rhythm all of its own. Massive drumming filled with slices of cymbal and snare rolls continues to provide a chunky wall of sound to bounce the dance melody against like a squash ball. Pulsing synths then push in, bringing with them a space-age burst of futuristic sounds and computer noises. A sci-fi reality of hard-core dance smashes into existence as our ears soak up the universe of effects and rhythms offered to them.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.