Cygnus drops four new pieces of funky electronics on the Sheffield-based label Central Processing Unit, one of the main outlets for his work so far (this is his fourth for them). Radical User Interfaces sets synths dancing a merry jig around clipped machine-funk rhythms. White vinyl, limited to 300 copies.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 October 2015
Have CPU put a bad record out yet? If so I’ve yet to hear one. They really are the kings of decent underground electronica and hopefully these records will one day be as loved and sought after as the early Warp and Skam releases.
Here, Cygnus releases his fourth record on the label with a 12” of crisp beats, glistening synths and memorable melodies. As with most underground dance 12”s I’m having a hard time discerning the A side from the B side so let’s start with what I think is the title track. This is a very neat slab of electronics starting with some squelchy pulsating synths, carefully added slick beats and lovely melodies plonked on top. A real treat for fans of the late ’90’s/early 2000’s explosion in electronica.
There’s a slight funk element to some of this - particularly on ’Nexus Telecoms’ with some big fat 80’s synth. I think I’m bang on with my A side/B side decision. ‘Arcade Killers‘ is just that - a shimmering burst of after school arcade electronics. The closing ‘Electronic Slave' is the nearest it gets to Kraftwerk with big bold synths picking out a retro melody.
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