HKE, formerly known as Hong Kong Express, has tempered his style of vaporwave into a sharp, rhythmic new direction for this new release, Omnia. The CD of music is accompanied by a 2 hour abstract film, packed with more new music and some wild visuals, served up on a DVD. 150 copies only, on Olde English Spelling Bee.
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 15 March 2016
HKE (formerly Hong Kong Express) brings his vapourware / hardvapour(?) / skittering IDM sound to Olde English Spelling Bee. It's a little bit trippy, this one. There's a 2-hour long film dvd with this - I haven't seen it, so gawd alone knows what it's like but if it doesn't feature androids dreaming of Emley Moor I'll eat this roll of brown tape.
It's a 42-minute ride of fragmented beats, Star Wars bleeps and Blade Runner style/child scaring ambience. There's barely a break in the music; there's a constant ebb and flow as Mr Express makes his computers sing and mutate through dense layers of electronics. It's a floaty experience - there's always plenty of room to breathe in HKE space. No need to scream; I guarantee you will be silent and slacker of jaw as you allow yourself to be immersed in your sonically induced floatation mind-tank. There are times when the sounds recall the Essex ravers of the mid-to-late nineties and faded snapshots of FSOL spooktronica - circa "Lifeforms" and "ISDN"; which makes cognitive sense in the post-digital age, as each track constantly shifts shape and each polymorph becomes impossible to visually pin down. You just close your eyes, nod your head or maybe twitch a foot and submit.
The album sits very easily with previous OESB vinyl release, Ash Koosha's "Guud" which also comes very highly recommended.
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