New Zealand (now Melbourne-based) producer James Grant aka Spelunks/@soakingwet combines acid, bass and techno on his debut Abstract Mutation outing on 1080p. It’s here on pro-dubbed Chrome Cassette Tape, direct from the Vinyl Only Tapes head honcho’s private Kazaa network; the perfect medium for the scuffed kineticity and Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café-worship of this bouncy, hybridized release to really jump out.
Blurring an incessantly groovy sense of looseness alongside taut, metronomic hi-hats and bass plods, Fake Keygen becomes an amorphous zone of hypnotic mundanity. Themes of surveillance, technology and human interfacing creep out of these ad hoc loop pedal/digital synth creations and cheekily reappropriated dance modes.
Tracks like “Oops Magazine” are built partly out of goofball dance signifiers (feigned hi-NRG keyboard stabs in this case) and partly with dark, gaseous spaces. Elsewhere, opener “Expert Loner” even layers faked steel drum wobbles over a steady 100bpm take on a classic house beat.
There’s low-key acid thrown all over reprocessings of mid-90s bass music and techno with vibes of restlessness and at times a tinge of hypnogogia to a definitely late night realm of .nfos and PC gamer patches. File under the Utilities section alongside ancient Soulseeked Rephlex 128kpbs MP3 .zips or maybe even Transllusion’s Cerebral Gate LP.
c25 run of 100
released August 27, 2013
Mastered by Tlaotlon in Melbourne
Cover art by James Grant
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