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As with most modern electronic stables, Hyperdub has spread out its graceful wings from the embryonic murky groans of Kode9 and Spaceape's sparse, murderous dubstep to encompass all the startling developments in underground club culture. This obviously results in a dilution of quality for the individualist dance music bod. Hyperdub's relentless schedule occasionally still throws up a thrilling curveball from time to time. One such example was the King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm EP, a blend of classic electro IDM that succeeded in splicing delirious mind trip rhythms with a ravenous floor-munching propulsion. I for one was excited about this album when it hit.
'The Pheonix' is a moody sci-fi inspired album that takes you inside numerous cerebral rooms without losing focus of its sublime journey, one that, for instance, really begins with the glistening astral slide of 'Race To The Moon'; all propulsive and curious mid-range zig-zag with gleeful skipping beat moving onto the jittery cyclic acid-laced 'Letters of Past' with it's subtle 303 clatter and contemporary meandering new-age ambience.
It's an album that relishes taking risks such as the use of comfortable archaic rhythmic tropes with flourishes of post-FlyLo sonic dexterity and glorious widescreen sound design. There are many subtle nods to numerous genres without compromising the integrity of the flow. This is my favourite release from the stable since Laurel Halo's last and, to me, this cracking record improves on each listen. A star-kissed, sometimes desolate, yet often celebratory astral funk odyssey. Lush.
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