Recommended by us on 4th November 2011.
Berlin based Chris Douglas - aka O.S.T., Rook Vallard, and Dalglish - has created a large body of work, a highly textured and confrontational take on traditional forms of electronic dance music. With initial releases and formative years spent in Detroit and San Francisco, he acquired several high profile fans such as Autechre who had him support their 2001 ‘Confield’ tour of North America, then later brought him to Europe to play the ATP festival they curated, where he has remained since. ‘Benacah Drann Deachd’, his latest full length digital release, has been receiving some of his most eager reception to date, with a full page review in the June issue of the Wire: “Chris Douglas haunts his own music. A nomad and something of a loner, he has rattled around the electronic music network like a busted component for the last decade and a half [...] It’s appropriate, because his music is one of the most striking evocations of the life of the mind that you’re ever likely to hear. The music is substantially live, improvised within a loose framework, and the shifting layers of grey-green tone, fractured samples and nervous tics that whip around the stereo field obsessively tease out new geometries and shapes ..” Also the recipient of high praise from Boomkat - “one of the most intellectually engaging AND emotionally resonant works of electronic auterism we've encountered in recent times, it comes with our highest recommendation.” – a limited run CD version will be available for a very short time.
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