Once he was Lee Bannon, now he is Dedekind Cut, and there is barely a beat in sight. Indeed, the manner in which grime, trap and jungle haunt $uccessor is in a sort of half-remembrance, with drums never quite coalescing into beats and the synthetic tones of the genres stretched into something more removed. Lead single ‘Integra’ has both strength and sorrow to it. Out on cassette.
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Dedekind Cut’s previous cassette, the excellent ‘American Zen’ on Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions sold out before I got my review paws on it. Thankfully there’s 250 copies of this one as opposed to 150 copies of the aforementioned -- so I’ve got a chance to blurt out a few words of recommendation. For those unaware, Dedekind Cut is a handle of NYC based artist Fred Warmsley, perhaps best known as Lee Bannon (Plug Research, Ninja Tune, 1080p etc.).
On ‘$uccessor’, Dedekind Cut produces haunted, downcast ambient - something akin to grime, trap and sci-fi electronica tracks bleached, dissolved and blurred beyond recognition. Small stains remain in the form of the odd sample or beat, littered amidst the decaying remnants that evaporate into enveloping, vaporous synths -- which have a deeply introspective, often mournful quality. It’s the type of sound that’s often executed across longform tracks, but here nine cuts are packed in - which makes for a far more dynamic and diverse listen than your average contemporary ambient album. I guess in some ways this does the Caretaker/ Lee Gamble type thing - where it feels like hazy memories are being recalled -- but in this case we get slivers of 90’s electronica and more contemporary club sounds as opposed to old ballroom music or jungle.
And ooh what’s this? Could ’☯’ be sampling Coil’s ‘Cold Cell’? Enjoyable stuff for sure.
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