First full-length album from young producer Rian Treanor. ATAXIA is accordingly a tighter and more rigorously organised set of tracks, with intense rhythmic structures and precisely calibrated synthesis. But in case that sounds alienating, fear not, because Treanor’s sound leaves plenty of room for the dance as well as the home listening environment. On Planet Mu.
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Rian Treanor’s been knocking about the UK’s more experimental electronic scenes for a while now. He’s long had a reputation, both as producer and DJ, for creating incredibly tight music lacking in unnecessary excess. He brings that same energy to ATAXIA, his debut released by the venerable Planet Mu.
The album opens with a grammar lesson. A disinterested voice reads “I was a good boy, you were a good boy, we were good boys, that was good” over sparse bits of percussion as Treanor gets warmed up. Soon the beats get harder and more intense as the lesson keeps pace. The voice starts conjugating sex and piss and shit. The grammar lesson keeps our focus with its regularity meaning at first the dissent into smut is barely registered. But now we know the expect the strange and the unexpected. Treanor has us eating out the palm of his hand.
Most of the tracks ATAXIA are laser guided club weapons. Polyrhythms formed of modem offcuts that whizz through the air with devastating precision. Treanor make this sound unbelievably easy but try drumming along with him and you’ll find he’s made a fool of you. The stand out moments are when he broadens has palette, much like on the opener. Track four features a sample of someone saying “good news for you”. Treanor does chop it and screw it, but allows the sample to set the tracks main melodies and rhythms. The contrast between the slightly dusty sounding sample only makes ATAXIA glisten even more intensely.
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