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9/10 Brian Staff review, 22 May 2014
I’m mostly familiar with Dave Huismans’ work through his 2562 moniker from a few years ago. My mate Talbot played me a track called ‘Techno Dread’ which was one of the early successful attempts to cross-pollinate the darker, harder edge of dubstep with the essence of pounding techno. It had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up, one of Tectonic’s finest releases.
Now he’s trading largely under his alternative A Made Up Sound alias producing murky, trippy experimental techno/tech-house with a dark, Dutch acid feel that is powerfully dense yet pretty damn funky and jacking. With numerous releases on labels as varied as Delsin, 50Weapons and Clone, this is his debut for the bloody excellent Trilogy Tapes label, an imprint that seems to pride itself on releasing damn interesting 12”s designed primarily to mash your head up whilst keeping your feet burning on the dancefloor.
‘Fortress’ is a cracked stomper, recalling Kassem Mosse at his most jittery and delirious, anchored by a stepping swagger of a beat replete with a heavy kick, some really excitable claps and hi-hats; whirring madcap effects; sharp samples; wonky midrange stabs and some proper classic monged-out Robert Hood-isms.
‘Caustic Network’ is another slow-burning corker that joins the dots between Andy Stott and Hieroglyphic Being. A super-sexy groove with some nice filtered bleepy arpeggios and the sound of a stiff brush being drawn up your spine. A beauty track all said.
‘Kovaxxxt’ sees him return slightly to the post-dubstep sound of his other project, coming over quite Mala-esque with a stop-start drum track and strange, inquisitive yet subtle mid-range bloopery. Lastly, ‘Situation’ is a more frantic and quite daft techno pounder, quite demented and breathless in its execution. A weird insistent see-sawing vocal poing drills into your synapses whilst the kicking 4/4 and cartoon hi-hat rush gives way to a crazed David Bowie vocal loop and subsequently this amazing malevolent processed guitar riff with an offset bleak slow-grind and some digital seagulls. Mental tune that really adds to the diversity of a very strong EP for all moods.
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