The debut release on fledgeling imprint Uncertainty Principle. 'fft1' is a 5-track 12" EP of pure, squirming and bleeping electro with pristine, crisp production and deep subs. Think a more funked up vision of early Sahko, Ryoji Ikeda, Bytone etc.
Mastered for vinyl by Ed Upton (aka DMX Krew) at Curve Pusher, London.
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FFT is an established artist working incognito for the inaugural release on promising fledgeling label Uncertainty Principle. The artist’s debut under this handle is a 5-track 12" EP that refreshes the sounds of oldskool Northern Bleep ‘n’ Bass ala Unique 3, Forgemasters, LFO, Sweet Exorcist et al. Taking that heritage and bringing it right into 2018 with a modern, contemporary electro sound that also incorporates elements of the early minimalism of Sähkö, the pure machine sounds of mid-period Raster Noton works by Byetone, Ryoji Ikeda etc. Plus what sounds like the type of unorthodox tuning/micro tuning found on some of AFX’s Analord series and Aleksi Perälä’s Colundi Sequences.
The EP kicks off with the skittering rhythms of cheeky bleeper ‘sensory_hyperlinkfft_3abstract1’ with its teasing modem-like melody and wholly satisfying subs. ‘8.3’ goes darker with those peculiar, almost dissonant tunings and insectoid percussion. Mid-way it rips apart, with a burst of noise and promptly gets back into the groove with the addition of a gurn inducing, morphing, squelcher of a synth that kinda acts as a bassline. ‘sensory_unlinked’ (been getting spins from Happa, this ‘un) builds tension and anticipation with interlocking rhythms and a spiralling, woozy, zoned synth before it abruptly switches gear and lunges into heavy, skeletal, zapping, bombastic electro where the beats appear to ricochet from holographic surfaces. ‘abstract 5’ is like some like sort of frantic generative/algorithmic post-techno mutant that gets swamped in a big hazy drone that eventually shatters it apart, before it reassembles into a glorious juxtaposition of urgent beats, that languid, gauzy sound and proper cranium massaging sub bass. ‘collective_disconnected’ possesses a similar energy -- the type of spacey, pleasurable 4:00 am yawning sounds that make you want to curl up, but the propulsive drums just aren’t gonna let it happen.
The production on the EP is pristine throughout - through a big system the highs will sound like crystals and the low end is bowel rupturing. For home listening, make sure to crank this bastard up to eleven for the full whammy.
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