Including new, previously unreleased material by Icelandic, techno, dub artist Ozy, as well as remixes by prominent artists including American electro artist Laurel Halo (Hyperdub records) and experimental techno producer Miles Whittaker (Modern love records), ‘Distant Present’ is an energetic experiment in minimalist, ambient techno drone with influences of dub and electro.
7/10 Ant Staff review, 06 March 2015
‘Distant Present’ is the third album from Icelandic electronic artist Örnólfur Thorlacius, whose previous long players as Ozy were released on Force Inc. and Thule Records. His latest work comes courtesy of Tokyo’s nothings66 imprint and fuses ambient, dub techno and deep, warm, late night electronica that at various points recalls bvdub, Vladislav Delay, Deepchord, Fluxion, Substance & Vainqueur in terms of the dubby atmospherics. However the beats, generally speaking are less rigid.
Demdike Stare’s Miles makes a remix appearance with angelic stuttering vocals that recall Aphex Twin’s 'Selected Ambient Works II' alongside stoned bass and fluttering metallic percussion. ‘Clockage’ has infectious deep bass and bubbling liquid bleeps. ‘Scaphoid’ is all phasing gaseous synth and laid back percussion that jerkily stutters along. The mechanical beats of ‘Chrome Drip’ underpin strange manipulated vocals and a melody that recalls early dubstep.
Laurel Halo shows up for a remix of ‘Black To The Future’ before the floaty liquid ambient of ‘Atonement’ closes the album in suitably blissed out fashion. There’s nothing particularly mind blowing to be found here but it’s all accomplished stuff and more than pleasant enough to have glowing in the background as you get your chill on.
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