Vacuum Of Noise
Audiophile Deep Records
Out 20th March
Mr Mark Bailey aka Man2.0 returns to the fold with one more turn of the decks. The repertoire of EDM, Acid, Electro-Dance, and Indie Experimentica leave us in no doubt as to the validity of this producer's offerings. Three unique blends and a remix, each with an extended running time, mean we get half an hour of franticity and class.
In The Vacuum Of Noise begins with a rampant kick-drum. It's joined by blipping arpeggios that vibrate and scale in rhythmic bursts of major key. Scrapes of melody curl upwards in metallic grinds as rhythm builds and progresses. Then a unison of bass and melody pulses in a percussive ray of staggered sound. Drums re-enter and bring a continual throb to the funky and choppy synth composition. The music evolves to incorporate tapping sounds like pottery drums colliding with tree sticks. Serving as a break, the music then swells down to a whirling current of synthesiser which churns in on itself. The terracotta drums return, various tones of flatly resounding percussion ring out.
This is followed by a remix by The Juan MacLean. The same blippy bass-line rings out, this time it's garnished with shining hats. They creep behind a compression that allows their colour to distort and fade. Those chatty drums find a place right at the start. Their timbre gives the track a where we left off feeling about it. A synthesiser scale elevates in descending tones, throwing us in a high up twist. Resonant tones then shine out from the centre and the sides. They span the landscape in timed releases that ensure every function of the sound-wave is given space to breathe.
Even the wave-form of this next track looks unique. Blocks of neatly organised sound span from start to finish. Stuttery melody on throbbing bass climbs into the treble and down again as shuddering drums continue to pound. Electronic sounds swerve and mingle in clouds of temporal excitement. Through the ordered chaos comes a puncturing melody. It rings out in simple lines and makes sense of the ever growing sonic-boom within. MOD1 is a crazy number, rhythmically invigorating and stocked high with adventurous sound explosions.
The same can be said for this next track. The digital read-out on my screen looks like a bar-code. The music sounds great with tempered beats ringing out from the start. A static feedback shrieks overhead in kites of ghetto like energy. Struggling to control the noise, the sound is kept mostly out of earshot. A thunderous drum-beat continues to stitch time in neat and catchy repetitions while a matrix of sound writhes and formulates behind. An ocean of energy takes the form of electronic infusions and fights with itself to be heard over the neatly organised mechanics of rhythm. Magnetic Field finishes the EP with a classy and up-beat danceathon full of hooks and classic motifs.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.