Boomkat Product Review:
Alex Gray's beguiling D/P/I (DJ Purple Image) project arrives at Leaving Records with another perfectly disorienting session of glitching, sampledelic chicanery. There's a genuine magic to D/P/I's releases which has left us dumbstruck and spellbound with each new issue and '08.DD.15' is no different. Over the course of thirteen hyperprismic tracks he challenges our spatial and textural perceptions with an uncanny yet playful array of concrète editing and psycho-acoustic techniques, exhibiting a deeply incisive ear for hyper-modern electronic timbre and groove at times comparable with Florian Hecker, Mark Fell or Lee Gamble, but perhaps more in line with the freeform, licentious post-noise tessellations of American artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never and Leaving Records' Matthewdavid, or the avant-garde precedents of John Cage and Nicolas Collins. The sound sculptures of '08.DD.15' are the definition of mercurial; 13 pieces constantly in flux, flipping samples from the home, TV and radio into refractive snakes chasing their own tails around hall-of-mirrors gauntlets with the most enigmatic blend of neck-snapping groove and deferred gratification. It's one of those releases that really throws the senses and leaves us grasping in the dark for answers to its cryptic questions, and there's surely not enough of those around.