Grind is the first full-length album release of White Material boss DJ Richard, and it comes with some anticipation. And it’s a big one, full of brooding atmospheres that tip inevitably over into club drama. Although at times, this could almost be a dark ambient record.. Nine tracks over two LPs (or one CD), on the Dial label.
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This DJ by the name of Richard is following just a couple of 12 inchers with a full blown LP of dingey proportions, briefly shedding lights on the darker corners of the club to reveal dust, rave creatures and throbbing bass bins. The first two tracks set the spectrum - ‘No Balance’ introduces gothic synth harmonies, dark ambiences and light industrial noises, while ‘Nighthawk’ brings in an off kilter beat with shifting rhythms underneath a myriad of melodic synth cries and stabs.
It is at the third track, another atmospheric number, that you start to take note, this is a great album. The club ventures are propulsive and the breathers are suitably pensive and glowing. As is often the case, the trajectory between these two states isn’t quite as natural as you’d hope for in an electronic LP, but I’m sure that wouldn’t matter too much once ‘Savage Coast’ has left the club’s subwoofers in ruins, landing you a fat insurance claim to pay off. Now techno wasn’t such a good idea was it? Hang on, is this even techno? it’s sort of melodic techno or stompy house, but let’s avoid the tech house sub genre because that was tainted long ago by big-room producers with naught but a sample pack between them and success. Hooray for the digital age.
Anyway, there’s some nice melodic arp action on the uber-housey ‘Bane’, with similar things happening on ‘Vampire Dub’, with copious yearning emotions pulsing through the lot.
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