Tom Knapp has been a secretive and provocative figure in English electronic music since the late 1990s, working as DJ, producer, promoter and collaborator. He co-runs the ICASEA and Meds labels and has worked with Dalglish, Alex Peverett , Kouhei Matsunaga amongst others. Mophoc Rez is a vinyl 12” of his dense and abstract electronica. This is extreme and stunning computer music.
Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, Berlin.
12" £9.99 Ge-stell 03
Limited 150g vinyl 4-track 12" EP in full colour, direct-to-board jacket with gloss varnish finish. Edition of 222 copies on Ge-Stell.
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This EP by Tom Knapp has all the qualities of some bizarre piece of debris netted in deep space and bought back for us to wonder at the unearthly processes that went into shaping it. With his roots as a DJ, musician and promoter in the UK leftfield electronic music underground, releasing stuff as half of Mortal & Chemist on Skam and running the ICASEA label, the four tracks betray an impressive degree of entropy in Knapp’s aesthetic development. What I mean by that is experiencing this is less like listening to music and more like been cast adrift to float among strange (a)tonal clusters that float weirdly until they’re sucked spiraling into menacing beams of dark energy, splintering into brittle metallic shapes that go on to mutate, apparently at random.
Rashad Becker does a typically stellar job here of bringing out the full textural heft and physicality of Knapp’s sounds so that, because of the deeply spacious dynamics of the music, you feel you can almost move 3D-like into the depths of the mix, if you’re feeling brave enough. Heavy duty head-music that's way too heavy to be called ambient and too spaced out to be noise.
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