Set Phasers For Stun
TBR: 30th March
Three years have flown past for Berlin's No Moon since his debut release on X-Kalay. The label are stoked to the hilt with excitement about this long-awaited return. This attention grabbing EP serves up the usual strain of future inventing electro, offering the scene a whole new dimension to discover. Sculpture in sound with exquisite attention to detail both at the macro and micro levels requires an ear for aesthetics and a confidence to understand the controls.
It begins with CPU Limit 99. Dynamic beats coil up and extend out with melodic scales, their wooden timbre is joined by dishy hats and snare stitched in subtle distortion. Synth percussives spill gloopy solids over neat bars in a decorative garnish which froths and foams under brightly coloured segments. Scatty beats repeat and build to evolve into a vocal line accompanied by twangy electro-bass. Progressive drumming builds on itself which now has a squidgy bass-line that penetrates the tapestry of sound.
Next, a whistling howl scatters across the stereoscape. Tappety drums bumble from their holes and begin exploring the new surroundings. Ghostly echoes and murmuring chatter builds and flows before a twisting synth builds with sonic pressure. Each bar passes new intensity into the flow while beats staple the notches preventing it's escape. When a critical point is reached the music adapts and evolves into a new phase, painting the constellations with vocal chants and fiery percussion. Aoe_Rushin simmers into a mulch of ambient synth chords that soften the delivery for a moment. The vocal sample percussion breaks the hypnosis and forms a basis for the drums and bass to climb back up into the horizon.
Next is an Adam Pits remix of the previous track. It begins completely differently. Shifting drums open with a catch tempo. These build with heavy bass and piercing snare. The vocal sample is brought back, it stutters the rhythm forwards in a new tone. Mechanical and industrial beats reverberate in dusty corridors which open out into large halls, grimy windows and swinging lamps vibrate in the progressive bass. Whistling tones form, they cast spectral magic through the dusty air. Wafts of effervescent notches fling through the track before a break-down reveals a shuddering bass-line that plunges us into the machine.
The final track opens with a euphoric burst of warm synth. Delicate droplets of percussion rain down on shimmering rocks and sandy beaches. The glow from the ocean meets us as a salty aroma which tingles the back of our nose. A wave breaks, cymbals splash, and the progression builds as the whole process begins again. Symphonic tones and electronic melodics dance in moving reflectivity as beams of luminescence distribute according to their refractive potential. Moody and sleepy notes drift in gently moving currents of sonic disposition, forming around static features in regularly posted markers. Set Phasers To Stun leaves us feeling blissful, it is a stunning walk through delicious electronica.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.