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'Assertion Of A Surrounding Prescence' marks the return of Jamie Teasdale aka Kuedo, the second release on his new label 'Knives' and his first new work in three years. Typical futuristic and detailed productions featuring collaborations with Roly Porter - his ex partner in Vex'd and Egyptrixx the 7 tracks demonstrate abstraction and emotion through the prism of electronic structures. The record also features stunning artwork by Melbourne's Joshua Petherwick whose visuals provide a fitting accompaniment to the audio within.

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Assertion Of A Surrounding Presence by Kuedo
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 06 August 2015

Jamie Teasdale was half of Vex’d, listens to Memphis Rap, incorporates footwork influences into some of his futurist electronic music, made a track called Starfox and appears to be a Ghost In The Shell fan. He’s clearly one of the good guys and based on the Starfox thing alone he could have been one of my mates at school so I’m always all ears whenever he puts something new out.

This 7-track EP on his new Knives label doesn’t disappoint. With no track longer than about 4 minutes they concisely manage conjure a sci-fi world, the scenario you can sort of piece together from the track titles. Opener ‘Vertical Stack’ creates the scale of an epic Samurai movie set in the year 3000. ‘Border State Collapse’ furthers this arcane/ futurist feel, with gamelan like bells chiming across trappy hi-hats. ‘Boundary Regulation’ kinda reminds me of Vatican Shadow.

Meanwhile, highlight ‘Eyeless Angel Intervention’ stretches out angelic female vocal into eerie, haunting drones over fast footwork percussion and heavy subs. ‘Even Tracking Across Populated Terrain’ has the bells re-emerge this time reminding a little of Coil perhaps. ‘Cellular Perimeter’ closes the EP with what I can only describe as the sound of some cosmic ballroom dance happening in a droid factory in Neo-Tokyo. Includes appearances from Egyptrixx and Vex'd partner Roly Porter.


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