BFTT's long-awaited debut album is a svelte 'n intricate frontward-facing slow burner, following well-received EPs on Mutualism, Cong Burn, Whities and Gobstopper with a diaristic deconstruction of 'ardkore, techno, bassline and ambient flexes. One 4 fans of Batu, Metrist, aya, Clemency and the SVBKVLT crew.
Leeds' BFTT is not only notorious for his vast crate digger's knowledge and genre-expunging selection skills, but for his curled productions that dilate fractal club forms into innovative new shapes. His last couple of releases - the Mutualism-released "iOSMIDI6_Droplets" and mixtape 'Regression edits' betrayed a keen ear and deft hand, touching new age/ambient forms with dusty jungle and chopped 'n slopped edits of Kylie, Radiohead and Slowdive. 'Redifines" is the DJ-producer's debut full-length, and focuses his wide-ranging interests into seven glossy heaters that mold well-trimmed breaks, hard-swung percussion, euphoric pads and hoover womps into fresh, abstracted forms. A good comparison might be the Timedance label's prickly, bass-heavy output, or aya and Clemency's heady dancefloor-streamlined thunkers; BFTT shows a similar interest in excavating the middle ground between chin-stroking post-dubstep/IDM and mind-melting 'ardkore madness.
It's a seam that's laid bare on 'Ydont', a nitrous-powered bumper that launches into the aether after the vaporous textures and low-end wobble of opening track 'BM-15'. BFTT's ear for percussive trickery is made evident quickly, with glitched-out ASMR slips carefully arranged to lead into a Bristol-adjacent rhythm and unsettling suspense movie FX. 'feelins2' picks up where its predecessor left off, driving further into prog dance territory, hitting a psy groove with pineal-tickling synths and tricksy syncopated kicks. But the SOPHIE-influenced 'Rezalemass' has us most impressed, with its awkward muffled vocals, 4K granular throb and space hopper synth blips - it's somewhere between winsome and gruesome, and we can't get enough of it.
'Redefines' is a short and perfectly formed album, by the time you've reached the end of chilly closing track 'Apple TV', you'll be up on the rewind.