Chasing up his BOXED001 shot, hotly tipped Lloyd SB fires a full round of diverse, hyper-slippy grime X ballroom mutations on the Nervous Horizon label from his Sheffield stomping ground.
Certainly getting your £s worth here, cramming eight riddims on one plate with little sacrifice to quality, taking in the Kode 9-favoured ballroom stinger Boida Flare beside the foundry-cut Ha stabs and escalating trance arpeggios of Hypercube and the scything club construction King of The Castle up top, and twisting to more technoid styles in the low key, Bubblin’ thumper Pirate Bay, and helter skelter Ruff Sound styles in The Portal feat. Wallwork.
Written and produced by Sam Shackleton and Waclaw Zimpel. Electronics, sequencing, and programming by Sam Shackleton. Alto clarinet, violin, harmonium, e-piano, organ, frame drum, percussions, lira, and monochord by Waclaw Zimpel, If Shackleton made Klezmer...
Watching Shackleton's music morph from dislocated bass experimentation into psychedelic electro-jazz fusion has been a joy. This latest is his most cosmic set to date, following last year's heady Tunes Of Negation LP "Reach The Endless Sea" with an undulating trio of organic/electronic collaborations with Polish clarinet virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Wacław Zimpel. "Primal Forms" follows its own beat, with two artists reacting to each others instincts and areas of expertise, following ideas to their mindbending conclusion in a haze of repetition, rhythm and synapse-popping fizzy ASMR lushness.
At this stage, the skeleton of dubstep has been almost completely burned away, but Shackleton's well-honed engineering expertise still plays a part. Subs rattle expertly beneath Zimpel's flurrying notes and Shackleton's pineal-tickling drum circles. It's almost ritualistic at times, sounding like an ancient incantation rebuilt by AI-assisted cyber beings on a distant planet. Ingest whichever mind-splitting substance is most preferred, dive in and watch the colors.
TSVI’s debut album ‘Inner Worlds’ pays testament to the breadth and focus of the Nervous Horizon label co-owner’s take on the hard drum style he shares with Wallwork and DJ Plead
Splicing cues from Caribbean dancehall, Angolan tarraxho, and Arabic trance with a core influence of Sufi ideologies and bellydance styles, ‘Inner Worlds’ wraps up TSVI’s weltanschauung with a banging set of drums intended to realign your chakras.
Born and raised in Italy by parents who practice Hinduism, and now based in London, TSVI hatched his sound in 2004 in the wake of post-dubstep and UKF, leading to a handful of 12”s on his Nervous Horizon label that effectively sees post-dubstep and UKF as unfinished business.
His debut album is intended as “an inner journey through different states of meditation and self-discovery”, and uses atmospheric sound design to fill the gaps between his prominent, syncopated rhythms, searing trance lines and crisp electronics. It’s all most effective in the heavy tarraxho traction of ‘Jinn’; the canny pre-echoes of Beatrice Dillon’s ‘Workaround’ album in the sloshing drums and instrumental samples of ‘Mesmerize’; the militant dancehall dread of ‘Neutrino’; and the DJ Haram-like Mahraganat drums of ‘Hossam, while ‘Inner Worlds’ and ‘Safi’ see to his plusher side with layered synth harmonies and spiralling trance-pop vocals.
Jamal Moss rounds up eight archival cuts as Hieroglyphic Being & The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio following the project’s first compilation, The Seer of Cosmic Visions for Planet Mu back in 2014.
Spanning work made between 1996-2014, Cosmic Bebop is arch Hieroglyphic Being, loose as you like and thumping in the right places, with robust highlights to be scored in the percolated warehouse whipper, Apples and the militant psychedelia of 4 I Am The Light Let me Show U The Way, or with a unique twist in the rolling breakbeat hustle of Other Side of Time, and the Sun Ra-channelling cosmic chaos of The Outernothingness.