Though this is billed as the Berlin duo’s fourth full-length, Radiations is as much a gathering up of loose ends as it is a collection of new music. ‘Call Mr Morbia’, for instance, was a digital-bonus on their 2014 debut album, and the first side of the vinyl consists of two remixes by Shackleton and The Sight Below. The techno textures and whirring modular ambiences here are deftly sculpted by everyone involved. Out via Umor Rex which is an imprint of the ever-brilliant Thrill Jockey.
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- UR094 / Purple coloured vinyl LP + postcard insert on Umor Rex. Edition of 350 copies. Includes Shackleton and The Sight Below Remixes
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- Radiations by Driftmachine
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 15 February 2017
Mmm, I’m still hazy with the memories of Driftmachine’s last one, Colliding Contours, whose dubbed out synth cave music propelled me into the early hours many a time. Here, they’ve made their own sort of expanded remix EP, featuring the opener of that album ‘Radiations’ plus 2 new tracks and remixes from Shackleton and The Sight Below.
They’ve rather selflessly put the remixes on the A side, which is a good thing seeing as you get to listen to Shackleton flip the original textures on their heads, making them darker and more yawning. It was one of the less droney ones on the LP, and the Shacks has made it more droney than everything else and even dropped in some hand drum, because Shackleton. The Sight Below’s remix of new tune ‘Vermiform Burrows’ (that I haven’t even heard yet; it’s track 4) is a Deepchord-level dub techno outing featuring sluggish kicks and bass, subtle white noise and slowly unfurling quiet chords. Pretty deep.
I won’t review the original ‘Radiations’ (see my review of CC), but let’s have a look at ‘Call Mr. Moriba’. A beat with some serious dubstep skank promises much but I’m not so sure how much I rate those synths over the top. One has a bit of a Coki wub to it and the melodics aren’t so great. But ‘Vermiform Burrows’ more than makes up for it with a much softer dub feel and the same sort of cautious unfolding as the original ‘Radiations’, buffed up with some tiny woodblocks and snares. Great synths, great vibe.
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