12” vinyl on Eaux, limited to 500 copies. A-side track Levitate sets the tone for this 12”, with its crazy, earworming polyrhythmic shuffles that just constantly evolve in a way that Mark Fell would be proud. Comparatively Vellum seems to slow, but it really hasn’t at all. All three tracks are hypnotic techno, but careful, I already feel mania coming on.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 02 July 2015
Now that the cat is out of the bag I no longer need to use terms like “mystery artist” and “established artist working incognito”. It was only a matter of time.... The internet can’t keep a secret. He gets about though, that Jimmy Tarbuck bloke, doesn't he eh?
New material from Rrose is always welcome around these parts. Kicking off with the suitably titled ‘Levitate’ building from what sounds like electrified Tibetan singing bowls and gas slowly releasing and ascending into vapors. Gradually percussion is introduced while the singing bowls seem to have transformed into hypnotic bleeps. Only halfway through the track do the kicks appear alongside funked up snares and hi-hats forming a fathoms deep piece of restrained, tunneling techno reminiscent of Sandwell District at their absolute prettiest -- all shimmering metallic surfaces and effortlessly seductive rhythms.
‘Vellum’ like the transparent properties of the material reveals intangible layers beneath. In this case dynamic layers of whirring, spiralling bleepy synth recalling Jeff Mills recent bleepier works, fizzing bubbling grainy textures and brain massaging pure electronic buzz. Once again Rrose totally nails this trippy sound. Armed with signature pristine sound palette-- There’s nothing heavy or distorted here and although there’s many elements there’s still a real sense of space without overdosing us on reverb.
‘Signs’ gets going with drums infectious enough to transform rigid stiffs with two left feet into Crazy Legs. Then just as you settle into jigging about to a fine but fairly standard slice of modern techno-- Rrose presses his big red “Dancefloor Mayhem” button, introducing an accelerating synth that will leave your body on the floor moving like a retarded zombie while your mind evacuates into hyperspace.
Fans of early Plastikman, Mike Parker, Steve Bicknell, Sleeparchive, Donato Dozzy etc. should give it a whirl.
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