Lanark Artefax is a (you guessed it) Glaswegian producer who made waves with last year's Glasz EP on UIQ featuring scattered electronica and fractured techno coalescing into a cold, glorious whirlwind. Here, he's been ushered into the Whities inner circle, veering from funky broken techno to gasping ambience. AFX is a fan.
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The word on internet street is that Aphex Twin is a fan of this record. It’s easy to hear why that’s possible - as he seems to dig stuff that’s been influenced by him. Yet this 4-track EP from Glaswegian producer Lanark Artefax (last spotted on Lee Gamble's UIQ imprint) isn’t your average AFX wannabe clone. There’s clear nods to that classic early sound and if Rephlex were still operational I can well imagine this slab of Braindance coming out on the label, but it’s not quite in the same mode as folks like EOD, Jodey Kendrick and Dave Monolith who continue to pursue that sound.
These tracks are all rendered in high fidelity; opening cut ‘Flickering Debris’ is a cracker of an intro, with its melancholy choral vocals, zapping, pulsating lazer synths and juddering beats. Then comes the razor sharp, ultra crisp, bombastic and euphoric electro of ‘Touch Absence’ which is both tough and has a delicate beauty. Again the shimmering vocals here are reminiscent of the way AFX has used them in the past.
‘Hyphen To Splice’ is more fractured with clanging, ricocheting beats, bass globules, dislocated melodies and more of that sweet vocal stuff. After its majestic opening strings, ‘Voices Near The Hypocentre’ almost sounds as though it’s melting and then goes in reverse, gathering mass as coiling synths wind up and stutter over layered vocals that recall Oneohtrix Point Never.
If all of this sounds appealing, you should definitely swipe a copy while it’s about as I suspect this is gonna be a goner before too long.
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