Emotive downtempo techno from Gaspard de la Montagne. The swish Swiss producer and SBIRE co-founder shows the skills for tumbling, dubby rhythms (‘Spectre’, ‘Aube’) and rather melancholy synth arrangements (‘Aube’, ‘Masque’). EP closer ‘Perspectives’ is a slow-burner revolving initially around a beautiful synth motif and later giving way to a solemn techno trot. Atmospheric stuff.
12" £8.99 SBR002
4-track 12" EP on SBIRE.
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It's just about adding stuff isn't it? Like the cakes on the telly you just have to get the ingredients right. Here on the title track the Swiss producer makes some lovely classical influenced downbeat electronica with a varied palette of sound from dub inflected clatters to warm synth puree. Then a bass comes in, the cherry on the top of the loveliness.
Swelling even more is 'Aube' with a slight '80s haze to the synths which have a feel-warm balearic feel to them - a sticky mass of glacial synth like that time you melted the fruit bon bons. The main thing to take out of this is that synths can be rather lovely. On closer 'Perspectives (1 & 2), La Montagne has fun one by one taking them out of the mix so that you are left with some stark and broken breakbeat. Like watching Vangelis slowly become Gescom in front of your very eyes.
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