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bola - Fyuti
Darrel Fitton has always been one of the more ambiguous characters amongst the founding fathers of the IDM/Artificial Intelligence scene. With an output that has until recently been sporadic, Fitton has always tried to infuse electronic music with the Jazz and Prog sensibilities which he is so intimately involved with. 'Soup', his debut LP, was besotted with the sound of a more naive electronic age - giving the album an almost-dated, old-school ambience which quickly acquired it a huge following. This, Fitton's long-awaited second full-length for the Skam label, moves him into deeper, more accomplished terrain. It is hard, almost impossible to imagine this record not becoming an IDM classic and beyond : a record full-to-bursting with ideas, warmth, melodies and spaciousness. There are several moments of pure genius sprinkled across this LP : the sublime 'Shoob.E' coming across like the Art Of Noise doing 'Moments in Love' in space, the deep and squashed blue neon hip hop of 'Tibular Vader' complete with incredibly moving Jazz Fender Rhodes, the deceptively sparse 'O.Chuma' - stripped to a bare structure of warmth and digital calculations, a machine click version of jazz drumming..... and finally 'Soleiele' - the album's crushing standout, a track that's in danger of becoming a sort of cliche for the amount of times it's been played here. The Fender Rhodes returns with a gentle tinkle and melts away over a crunched-out heads-down beat. A track so good it should become a kind of 'Summer in The City' for the 21st Century. We have to admit that although we are dedicated Bola fans here at the Neck, we really didn't expect to be blown away to pieces by this album to the extent that we have. 'Fyuti' is one of the most moving and refined electronic albums we have heard in some time. Utterly Essential.