Tengui has techno club lineage, but for most of Transference he is all about the atmospherics, with nary a beat in sight. Hissing, smudgy, noisy ambience that’s all about the texture. And what textures. Released as a cassette with download code, though the mixes dubbed to the tape are exclusive to the medium! The download sounds different. On Broken60.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 July 2015
Soothe me... someone please soothe me. This release by Tengui is kind of soothing in a completely mashed up way. It's techno I suppose but doesn't really use beats. Instead it gathers together a myriad of sounds and mucks them all up into a big smudgy mess where everything crackles and appears to be chewed up by tape. Synths whirr in and out of the mix as oscillating keyboards flit between speakers. It keeps developing too, with big walls of drone appearing and taking over the murk. I really like how it all fits together and keeps evolving. It flaunts imperfections in the sound and has obviously been tinkered with for a long time... lots of patience required.
It does feel important; it has the feel of the best underground dub techno but with more of a sound collage-y atmosphere. It soundtracks things you don't really want to think about... yet its easy to get lost in its mega drones.
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