Lee Gamble’s first full-length in three years is a record of nuanced edge-of-the-dancefloor music that finds a fitting home on Hyperdub. Gamble describes Mnestic Pressure as a record that seeks to find order in an increasingly chaotic world and regain a sense of self separate from the images one is constantly subject to in 2017. This manifests itself as an album of aquatic electronica and Burial-esque post-rave stylings.
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Here is the UIQ label head and champion of cracked electronic sounds Lee Gamble, making that sweet music for the Hyperdub family. He recently premiered acoustic music in a cave with the great Eliane Radigue, an occasion that I will forever regret not going to. I half expected this to be sonically related to that, but don’t you worry yourself -- Hyperdub wouldn’t do that to you, so here’s some of that good ol’ fashioned beat ‘n’ scrape music.
An ode to the parody that the planet has become as of late, 'Mnestic Pressure' flickers and shifts with every new 20-second chunk, fragments of the world we know it coming into view before vanishing under the ricochet thud of a dance kick. This is some intricate stuff; you can see how it’s been three years in the making. The sounds themselves are delightfully well-defined, both lucid and luminescent, with mad sound design everywhere. Thick synths, bursts of sonic fluff, crisp beats, chirrups of percussion, all that OPN / FlyLo (pre Gaslamp Killer sympathiser) / Claude Speeed / Antwood stuff.
It’s kinda hard to know where each track begins and ends, but I think that’s the best thing about it. It has a sort of stream-of-consciousness feel, like someone constantly dropping in new ideas and breaking them apart. A DJ set combined with an all-night production binge? Maybe, maybe not. All I can tell you is that this is amazing.
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