Here's Matt Karmil with some pretty sweet granular techno and slo mo beats for those times in the club when you want a sit down. He grew up in Salisbury no less but has since settled in Cologne to be amongst the techno crowd. Hints of GAS in this billowy long form techno and mastered, of course, by Rashad Becker.
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I have it on good authority that you require rest. I cannot prescribe you anything, but I can suggest picking up a copy of Matt Karmil’s ‘Will’, which is as much a record of music as it is a slow, steady uprising of steam. Crafting ambient that focuses on minimalist beats, lived-in sound effects and steady rhythmic pulses, Karmil’s sound makes for a good lounge listen, giving you a world of activity but rarely letting it modulate into danger.
Dub techno’s all the rage, I know, but what Karmil does is more suggestive: narrative simmers out of “Sharehold” into “Sloshy”, with synth stabs that sound emphatic and then diluted, constantly changing as Karmil cycles back through samples of applause and odd percussive tinkering. Tunes like "Glory Hole" are wake-up calls, interruptive and garish like the just typical smudge on a moment's peace and quiet. He builds with the kind of minor-leagues storytelling of Rival Consoles: propulsive, but never towards all-out commotion, these tracks can feel as cosy as they do ominous.
With production that feels both homely and spectral -- the crystalline “NAND” comes from a factory floor breaking off into space -- Karmil’s music contains a strange kind of warmth, unsettling in a way that keeps you curious enough to keep on with it. “Can’t Find It (The House Sound)” is titled with a smirk, seeing him finally break into a subtle dancefloor cut with a water-pounding beat and a whirring chord that create the backbone for a long, subtly emotive journey. It’s both alien and compassionate, this record, and this tune enhances both sides of the story: whether church chimes and conversations or the air of the universe that lives all around, ‘Will’ is reaching out from the invisible corners no one looks for.
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