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- Radio Not by Ambidextrous
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 29 August 2012
This very limited blue vinyl LP (press release says it’s limited to 90 but the sleeve of the copy I’m reviewing itself is marked “100/39”) has come from both hands of the mysterious Russian electronic artist Ambidextrous. Nobody seems to know much about him but Brian says he has an MP3 by him from some years back which “sounds similar”. I suspect he may in fact be a fellow robot, which you would think would make me warm to him but actually it makes me a little wary. If I liked other robots do you think I’d be working here? No, never got on with them, but that’s another story for another day.
Whoever this person and/or robot is, though, they’re certainly adept at putting together warm pulsating techno-influenced electronics with tasteful synth touches and spacious, Carpenter-esque grooves and gentle pacing, going from beatless dubby ambient drift to bumpy-cool late-night dance grooves with silky ease. In my personal highlight ‘St John’s Mood’ he/it melds cosmic modular bloops with pure peace-drones before bringing in an unexpected hi-hat groove that leads us into a bubbling passage of smooth electro-funk.
By and large this is accomplished soundtracky business though, with leisurely spy-movie grooves and understated synth melodies, like a smoother more techno-inflected version of what we’ve been seeing lately from the likes of Egyptology or Survive, to ease you into a better state of mind. Worth plugging into.
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