Devon Hanson has recorded under his own name, including collabs with Wanda Group and Karl Fousek, and also as Stefan Jós. His first under this new moniker appears on Opal Tapes’ vinyl offshoot. Four tracks of subtle, dubby, uncluttered and minimal house, made up of crisp rhythms and silvery, pristine tones echoing across spacious plains.
8/10 Ant Staff review, 11 January 2018
Persuasion is a new alias of Montreal based producer Devon Hansen who's output has previously been released under the name Stefan Jós. His new 'Quartermass' record for Opal tapes sister label Black Opal is an elegantly crafted four-track EP of deep, dubby and house/techno. The luxuriously spacious opener ‘In The Atrium’ provides light and ventilation - a place where radiant energy refracts and illuminates like polished crystals.
Functionally utilised, heavy-set kicks comprise the throbbing endoskeleton while creaking lock ‘n’ load mechanised rhythms are the polished chrome exoskeleton of the precision-tooled machine funk of ‘Damask Silk’.
The lost in the night, endlessly wandering/searching groove of ‘Quartermass’ is like being submerged in an adrift submarine gone AWOL under the Pacific Ocean, receiving sonar transmissions of deconstructed elements of Manuel Göttsching’s ‘E2-E4’. As the hallucinatory ‘Xaviera’ melts the walls, percussion drips like liquid, and distant, spectral, angelic voices flicker in and out of focus like holograms.
Once immersed, the magic of these immaculately conceived, deceptively minimal tracks reveals byzantine detail that’s best consumed/deployed during the small hours for maximum impact on minds and bodies
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