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lee gamble - Dutch Tvashar Plumes
Unless you've had no internet for the last three months, Lee Gamble's name should be quite familiar to you lot by now. In swift succession to his exceptional 'Diversions 1994-1996' LP we perhaps get a truer glimpse of his range and practice on its sibling side 'Dutch Tvashtar Plumes'; a substantially longer suite of computerised techno gems oscillating between Hecker-esque sonic illusions and the sort of post-Detroit/UK techno that Actress carved his name on. In contrast to Lee's challenging early work as co-founder of the CYRK collective and the sense of melancholic euphoria on 'Diversions…', there's also a playful sleight of hand at work on 'Dutch Tvashtar Plumes' in fine balance with eerier, eldritch themes. He beautifully captures that classic dichotomy of UK raving music, riding a wave between the physically psychedelic highs of aerobic mysticism and serotonin depletion's dark bliss, and quite importantly that mad bit in the middle when hooks are heard through cubicle doors, all smudged and mangled, lodged in your nut in the taxi home, or catching an unexpected lift from Gary on your monday morning headphone commute. The album's structure iterates the effect, blurring between shorter fragments such as 'Black Snow' and the filtered rhythms of 'Coma Skank (BinocConverge Mix)' (even ending on a sound like that Russian Rave in A Forest youtube clip, a post-party fave of ours) with something like the magical effect of Mark Leckey's 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' or V/Vm's 'The Death Of Rave', and equally in the transition between 'Barker Spirals' head-fug dub and the teasing disco-tech compressions of 'Nowhen Hooks' leading into the Rephlexian melody of 'Tvash Kwawar' and the psychoacoustic stranding 'Kuang Shaped Prowla'. No doubt, it's hugely recommended to fans of everything from AFX to Markus Schmickler, The Connection Machine or Actress. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M, pressed on 140g vinyl and packaged in a pro-press color jacket which itself is housed in a silkscreened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.