9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 20 February 2014
Ooh, this is good. patten is back on Warp with more of his woozy mind-melting sound collages and it's really hitting the spot for me this morning. 'ESTOILE NAIANT' is full of shimmering, flickering multi-layered electronic chaos underpinned by silky melodies and grooves which ooze out of the speakers like treacle. He also seems to have taken Clint's advice after his last 12" and put the illustration on the record sleeve instead of the disc itself.
The brain-frying cut and paste style of the artwork is a good fit with the sounds present on this plastic disc, my work is cut out trying to do this record justice in the short time I have to write about it. There's a lot of wibbly, flickery Boards of Canada-esque decaying analogue worship but there's also a precise computery sheen which is offset by all manner of toytown weirdness that bubbles and quacks and buzzes relentlessly around the record's slow-flowing melodies.
When there are vocals they're sampled and buried deep in womby, barely decipherable smudginess buried deep in his bleary-eyed neon post-dub post-trip-hop drift. It's really clever how he's made music so seemingly disorderly and chaotic that is also so blissfully paced and palatable. I like this lots.
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