Spaces is the solo project of John Flynn, also of Ordinate. This is the follow up to the One EP (obviously) a year ago. Filled with 128 bpm clangs and scrapes which is just as interesting to sit down and pick apart as it is to shuffle along to. This also includes a remix From SND’s Mark Fell. Bringing his inimitable percussion groove shifting style into the mix.
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What comes after one? It’s time for a maths lesson with Spaces, which is John Flynn which is half of Ordinate which is someone that I don’t know. Discogs says they’ve had one single track released on a compilation this year called 8 Wigglin’ Ways to Die. Sound familiar? Not so sure, but those techno heads are nuts.
The music of Spaces is a tightly-knit combination of various bangs, hits and clangs arranged at an upbeat, dancefloor-ready tempo. But there’s something different about it - despite its massive bassy tendencies and primal 128 grooves, Two is just totally enthralling. The beat patterns are constantly being messed with, and the little sounds that make them up seem so carefully chosen that the whole lot in combination is so fresh. I think that it’s that you can hear sounds with varying levels of saturation and distortedness, some crystal clear and some thin and stretched. And you won’t be able to stop to ponder each one, cos they come thick and fast, especially when the tracks build up. While a lot of dancey stuff resorts to a rising of pad sound in a shimmering, cloudy wall during climaxes, this focuses on making the beats more dense and frantic, or pummeling with a subby layer.
Oh wait, the 3rd track does end in a melodic pad sound, that’s alarmingly vivid and rich. Save it til last, eh? Mark Fell remixes the first track into something that very closely resembles the choppy tuned percussion of his recent remix of Lakker’s Oktavist.
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