An interesting concept almost puts two EPs into one here, each track featuring a rework from eclectic producer Mobbs. It's all late night swirls though, with advances in rhythms and transient beat-like timbres setting tracks apart. It's the most ambient side of μ-Ziq, in a computer game in an ecotopian future.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 31 January 2018
The Lobster Theremin conglomerate are making a concerted effort to make lobsters the official insignia of any music adjacent to Resident Advisor. I commend them for it; those things are cute. Their latest release on their lovely Lobster Sleep Sequence subsidiary comes from SONIKKU, who mixes early-rising melodies with the natural sounds of a synthetic environment. Much of ‘Diamond Dust’ is like taking a lonely stroll around a video game’s hub world.
Made of three tracks doubled up -- with mixes from Mobbs put alongside the SONIKKU originals -- this record becomes something of a headspace timewarp, offering you a motif and then playing it over again in its original snippet format. It feels like an ambient DJ tool; bliss out in longform or take on the environmental soundbyte for something bigger. “Sky Garden” is a blowout, anyway, the kind of beatless euphoria you could imagine taking to the club: a distorted tribute to Ghibli soundtracks with a dreaming bassline, it could just as easily land on Lobster’s mainstay dance label. The original match-up is twinklier, more washed out, offering a caretaking comedown to all your big feelings.
Hearing these mixes match up to each-other -- one stopping, the other starting on a rotation just the same but slightly skewed -- can make this record jar, especially considering it’s coming out on LT’s lullaby ambient imprint. And yet there’s something kind of beautiful and dreamlike about getting fixed on these arpeggiated melodies while letting their features age. Warm your RPG up with this.
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