Contours of the Soul EP
TBR September 17
The bumper single release opens with a catchy metallic and tubular rhythm which immediately invites dancing. Depending on how loud it's being played, the level of dancing induced will vary. For me, a head bopping flowed naturally. I did have visions of a well stocked dancefloor with the same music pounding from the speakers to great effect. After the initial opening, treble sections overlap the already driving pace which serve up a doubling of danceworthiness, forming the blood and bones of this record. From there on in, the rhythms and beats are melded and merged, forming regular and predictable pace.
The futuristic yet tribal flavour of the first track "Textures of Thoughts" is deep and interesting. The odd little fills that make up the background give a layer of exploration which fills the listening experience well, if this were a tablet, it would be easy to swallow but also not too small. Perhaps during the two year break from releasing anything, SP-X has been thinking deeply and this track mirrors the experience.
"Process Control" opens with a galloping drum beat of which a melodic flurry of notation runs alongside, as if two legs are keeping up with four. It builds slowly but the pressure soon finds a new level of intensity that brings the music into a new state of energy. The progression of synths and rhythm smoothly runs its fingers along the dedicated and relentless beat which is threaded through the whole piece in one consistent line. Hypnotic additions couple with this delivery to create a trance inducing track that continues to carry the theme of dance and movement.
The last two tracks form a duo, the latter being a remix of the other. This gives us an extended rendition of the soul within this final track, a more industrial and dark theme is called upon to end this release. Eerie blips and sound saws buzz in high pitches over dirty bass and pulsing drones. A well crafted mix of tracks, each with its own distinct taste but all continuing the record's energy in interesting and progressive ways. Contours of the Soul is destined for the dancefloor, and it ought to do pretty well.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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