With Borneo Function, Cressida has imbued heavy techno with the spirit of grime and dub. The impact is just as heavy, but the beats don't always line up in a neat 4/4 pattern. The result is something distinctly connect, like something immeasurably heavy barreling down some stairs. Also features its fair share of drones. On VOITAX.
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4-track 12" EP on VOITAX.
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The latest emission from Berlin’s VOITAX label sees Cressida return to the imprint for whom he released his debut EP - the absolutely punishing ‘Hymn To Lust’ in 2017. He’s reined in the ferocious tempos for this one in favour of a sticky grime/dub infused stepping techno sound. This is busted, bass booming techno that's the product of growing up on London pirate radio and relocating to Berlin, immersed in the city's rich techno culture and heritage.
The opening title cut is a sludgy, futuristic stepper that stylistically recalls some of Mick Harris’ recent output as Fret but not quite as brutal, although it’s still pretty heavy with looming rib cage rattling bass, satisfyingly chunky kicks and 8-bit bleeps that recall some of the early Hyperdub records. ‘No Luv Ting’ is like an old Bingo Beats or Dump Valve dark garage record slowed down to a noxious, crawling pace. Initially, I’m reminded a wee bit of late-period Scorn and Pessimist but the groove gradually develops a swing and emerges from the murk with psychedelic harp-like flickers. ‘SansF’ is a clanging metallic head nodder complete with what I think are vocal samples of an Indian singer - but my geography could be well off the mark there. ‘What Are You Like’ also uses vocal samples which sound like some form of Asian holy chant, but again I have no idea of the source. It’s a hefty slab of sub-heavy breakbeat techno that’d work super nice to set the mood booting off a party. Tidy EP.
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