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A superb 12" from David Letellier right here which heads straight for the cerebral cortex with 'Rise' which is a heavy almost industrial sounding take on the dubstep template. Working a mix of heavy drums and ghoulish processed vocals that retain the precision and pure electronic machinations of the Raster Noton aesthetic, in some ways similar to a few moments from the recent Pong CD but with an added layer of dirt. Not unlike how I would imagine Mika Vainio tackling dubstep i.e raw and uncompromising but still with groove and a distant funk present, this is heavyweight downer techno. Where a bassline would usually be placed within the conventional dubstep framework, here we have a more static interference type of noise which works wonders to these ears. Alva Noto's remodel twists the original into unexpected scattershot shapes that reek of freshness and occasionally drop into the suggestion of a floor friendly groove but are almost too rigid and machine like to ever drop the funk... but then, well things get even more twisted and my neck is under severe pressure from excess head nodding and my mouth under heavy strain from smiles of joy as the mix grows and becomes a prime example of how Nicoli's production techniques can leave a listener in total awe. Oh and he eventually injects some funk for sure (depending on your definition!). The next original Kangding Ray track 'Fall' works a similar sound, this time with a way heavier kick and an amazing sound that feels like the ghost of an acid house bassline while distant vocal samples add an extra level of depth and then the drums kick back in, along with that amazing bassline. I begin to start scratching my head at this point thinking that this man is doing what I wanted the latest Digital Mystikz B-side to sound like. Bedroom Community's star player Ben Frost closes the 12" with his Demolition mix which reassembles the rhythm and puts more emphasis on texture, reducing the bassline into a snarling slow motion growl with off -beat drums and warped cascading paranoia before things switch gear into a beefy awkward heavy drum groove complete with evil backwards swirls and a dark post Photek drum hit. A Fiercely brooding interpretation.
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