J.G. Biberkopf has the privilege of acting as the grand opening artiste for Kuedo’s new label Knives. Ecologies is a fascinating trip through digital worlds, moving swiftly from abstract floatings that put me in mind of an instrumental Holly Herndon, to territory grounded by beats. Very inventive stuff.
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- Ecologies by J.G. Biberkopf
7/10 Jim Staff review, 01 July 2015
Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf (or J.G. as he calls himself- no doubt a nod to the warped modernities of JG Ballard) makes jarring, hyper-vivid digital sound collages. Sometimes these disorient, plunging the listener into starkly contrasting and bizarre combinations of field recordings and cinematic sound textures; at other times the tracks coalesce into monstrous rhythmical patterns, precision edited to effect maximum impact.
Highlights on this ep include the miniature epic ‘Black Soil’, with its sinister electronic purr and Jurassic Park stomps that turn even colder and more malevolent with some below-the-belt filtering and creepy atmospherics. ‘Age of Aquarius’ comes closest to what most would recognise as beat-oriented electronica with its ambient synth abstractions and hypnotic, technoid dubstep rhythms weirdly offset with birdcalls and synthesized vocal eruptions. All the tracks here bustle through their drastic moves fairly swiftly, sometimes leaving you reeling over what just happened. A short and intriguing taster for a new (to me at least) artist on Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare’s shiny new Knives label.
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