Turinn helps to keep the quality and sonic identity of Manchester’s Modern Love label as strong as ever with this debut album release. 18 ½ Minute Gaps is a dark and distorted suite of club music that is almost too intense for any club, sounding somewhat like labelmate Andy Stott pushed back up to normal speed. A double LP of potent sounds, released in an edition of 400.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 15 February 2017
Here is the debut album of Manchester sound man Alex Lewis aka Turinn. Not bad having your debut double LP released on Modern Love - someone’s been getting around. In typical ML fashion, it’s got a black and white cover with a plant on it and is sonically distorted to fack.
It follows in the footsteps of labelmates Demdike Stare and acts like the Black Dog, being all technoish but broken, both in terms of rhythmic pattern and sonic integrity. Loose with the 4-to-the-floor, and always fizzing or rasping with never a subtle level of distortion. In fact, I can’t even work out where the first beat is in the opening track. ‘Frank White’ pretends to be two time signatures at once, while a garbled Christopher Walken repeatedly utters something between the kicks. ‘Elba’ is the first time you hear something that could pass as techno, thrusting you into multiple layers of hats and synths that you could describe as ‘anthemic’ or ‘big room’ if they weren’t cracked and fractured. Very Aisha Devi. ‘1625’ could also be house if it weren’t so damn spiky. Once you get to the title track, you’ve been hurled into breakneck jungle madness with thunderous sub and anything goes. Those strings must be straight from a horror film.
So yeah a good debut this - he’s already pretty adept at this whole production/breaking stuff thing, so let’s see what happens next.
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