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Black vinyl LP on West Mineral Ltd. Mastered & cut by Matt Colton.
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Four releases in and Huerco S’s West Mineral Ltd. label is developing into a solid imprint, with class records from Pendant, uon, Pontiac Streator & Ulla Straus and now this LP of futuristic, hyper-modern ambient from Exael.
I can’t help but imagine a cute droid like EVE from Wall-E had listened to the Pendant and uon records on the label and re-encoded them into a machine language and is then uploading it into the hearts and minds of her robot buddies. ‘Collex’ pretty much sounds like the sleeve looks - all gleaming iridescent metallic surfaces, bubbling liquid and holographic geometries. Come to think of it, that’s probably a better description of my ridiculous vaping apparatus, but whatever - you get the picture. Still, there is for sure a vaporous, gaseous vibe to these tracks as sounds often seem to ascend in silvery plumes in a similar way to the uon record - taking influence from German dubby techno - the Chain Reaction school et al. Despite carrying traces of this musical heritage in its DNA, ‘Collex’ is way more zoned and takes me to a realm that feels totally unfamiliar. It’s great to hear some proper forward thinking ambient music that stands out from the deluge of sometimes pompous melodramatic ambient fodder. There’s no greyscale melancholy here - instead, we get pure white light and radiant neon glow.
Kinda feels like some advanced technology or AI is gently probing and dismantling my mind, extracting thoughts, discarding the dark ones and generally defragmenting the hard drive inside my head, leaving me soooooo blissed.
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