The glitch-haven named Hyper Flux doesn't promise to be so slick in its opening bars, but only when this Italian, named Herve Atsi Courti, gets in to his stride, the true quality of Hyper Flux is revealed. Herve Atsi Courti, who basks in the countryside surrounding Florence, steps out of the norm with this bizarre fusion of techno and wonky house.
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Fuck this is weird. Here was me thinking that Planet Mu’s signings were all Autechre clones, but here we are, something fresh. Herva is a new name and sound to my ears but it takes the basic IDM roots of the ‘Mu and goes so much further towards individuality than most who follow that lineage.
Some get deceptively close, though. ‘Jitter’ is pretty much the breaks-n-blips of old. But the preceding track ‘Esoteric Energy’ sounds like a cut off that Oneohtrix Point Never & Tim Hecker collab album, the basic digitally-warped sources being separated in time, forming an abstract sparse collage. Remember that Typhonian Highlife thing? It’s like that but with more IDM and fewer shells. ‘Nasty MF’ hits hard with thumping, crunchy uptempo techno kicks that are making my neck hurt. Slam slam slam, instant headbang. ‘Multicone’ takes a more textural spin, with both synths and bus-driving-past sounds making a bristling Burial-esque soundscape, and you can even hear a very subtle skeletal garage beat behind it all.
Herve Atse Courte might be a new name to you or I, but I’m sure as hell gonna drop into his back catalogue. Long live the new blood.
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