Just stay deep. Keep drinking from the pond. Keep drinking from the pond. Look in the mirror, do you see you or do you see me?
There are people that want everything. But we’re moving forward. I don’t say that like the goofy way everybody be saying that in 2018. It doesn’t mean I’m going to download that Pi’erre [Bourne] kit, even though I did download the Pi’erre kit. Holla at me if you need slaps, nigga. I got the SoundCloud slaps. I just mean like, come on, man … Everybody an expert now, bro. Everybody knows. Like, “Bro, you should …” “You should …” All right.
I’ve always had a sweet spot for arpeggiations, especially those employed in the eternal quest of crafting intelligence-baffling machine funk. Been a melancholic week both in the mind and outside my window, so I’ve been digging through the infinite bins of emotionally-reserved party rockers.
Somehow, I wasn’t familiar with Tony Carey’s No Human project—released on the ace X Records label—until the homie Neonlichter sent me the above track earlier this week. Riding wave upon wave of notational grooves, it’s a top-down banger for those who find calm in the mechanized chaos of pinball machines, the wiggling top-line never sitting still (much like myself!) And if you’ve never delved into Carey’s world before, you would be wise to start with Medical Records’ lovely reissue package from a few years back.
Despite their first release being an EP of the faves D’Arcangelo—I wasn’t familiar with the Analogical Force label, based out of Madrid (an ever-fruitful hub for forward-thinking dance music). With additional releases from the likes of Pye Corner Audio, µ-Ziq, Brainwaltzera, and seemingly every Rephlex vet worth their salt, the label excels at a particularly grey strain of electro-informed braindance bombs, a distinct mournfulness permeating the party (which seems to be quite well-attended these days). The label has become the current home to UK producer James Shinra, who just dropped his third release. I’m still relishing the fantastic Meteor four-tracker from a year ago, in particular the raven’s talon bass maneuverings of “Pinwheel.” Synths can have teeth, too.
Upon sharing the above Shinra track with a friend, they instantly commented that it checked similar ‘dark electro’ boxes as the Italian producer A Credible Eye Witness. I would more than concur with this comparison, though where Shinra’s music seems to capture the gradual processes and violent spontaneity of nature itself, ACEW takes a more Millsian approach, looking to the sky and the beyond to inspire his dark sky melodies.
As the previous three tracks are a tad on the muscular side, feels only appropriate to end things on a more house-inform and sultry electro approach. I’ve featured the other release by new Britolian imprint Only Ruins here a month or two back, but as I keep pulling the phenomenal Syz four-tracker that kicked off the label’s brief and bright existence, am more than content to feature the seductive flexing of EP highlight “Myst.”