After three albums on Rvng Intl. New York duo Blondes join R&S for their latest full length. Growing from a love of repetition and dense texture layers, they have made the natural transformation into full blown techno. On Warmth they ramp up the percussion even further than before whilst maintaining the precise texture driven themes, post 5am techno at its peak.
9/10 Robin Staff review, 14 September 2017
With two blowouts previously blown out for RVNG ITL., ecstatics Blondes now delve into R&S for a double LP of noisily fluorescent techno. Ever lovers of minutiae, they make a record that’s moving through pulses, with little details squirming, insect-like, around their beatwork. ‘Warmth’ is, honestly, a super lovely record: it may sound busy, bassy and overwhelming, but never is it bleak.
The hissing, groaning, rustling landscape around their beats is welcome: it creates a dewy ecosystem that makes their tunes feel alive, or rather full of multiple lil’ bits of life. Techno rarely sounds this subsumed in nature, but these sounds are at one with it, getting properly muddy with atmospherics in a way seen a genre and decade over in the works of Future Sound of London.
Of course, the usual caveats apply: this record has the fizz of Donato Dozzy productions and the forward momentum of Levon Vincent. But I’m rarely looking into the future while listening to this record; this is a record that’s all about the angles for me, its chiming network of sounds making me wanna take in the whole thing on a panorama. Even the more flatlining tracks work noise through them the way we know and love; whatever you do today, give yourself a dance in the subsuming and drenching squelch of “MRO”, as gorgeously aquatic as it is hard industrial.
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