Dead Fader is John Cohen. Or is that the other way round? Constantly shifting and dipping into the widest scope of influences. Making productions which range from the intensely industrial and noise-ridden 16-Bit and musique concréte to Autechre and techno like precision and clarity. This one will be no different.. By which of course I mean...
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It works. Or does it?
This release sees masked man John Cohen tell you that his music works. Or perhaps it’s a statement of fact, IT works, works created through the medium of computation. Whatever the case, it’s his first solo release of the year, cramming four jams onto one disc covering a fair few corners of beat-y music past and present.
It starts with the mid-tempo industrial stomp of ‘Spinning Wheel’, which is weirdly upbeat considering the layers of distortion and haunting spook tones weaved amongst the techno smashes. It’s like being one of the ghosts in a haunted house, having a great time spooking out the pathetic humans. But no sooner has the spooking begun than it is replaced by frantic, bright arpeggios underpinned almost entirely by a solitary heavy kick at Hi-NRG tempo. I guess the melodies are still pretty haunted house. Lone meets Autechre on the B side, starting with quite the touching melodic synth-drizzled track ‘Sweeties’, which is partly let down by a static and only mildly interesting beat. Nah, those synths are too tasty.
On to the last one and it’s even faster than the A2, skipping about like Robin after his daily dose of 3 large coffees. Glitchy and ‘IDM’-worhsipping, it’s hard to notice where the bars start and end; the definition of musical onslaught. And it’s all topped off by a heavily overdriven kick pound, bringing the much needed regularity. Wow.
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