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Boomkat Product Review:
Exciting new prospects from Andrea Parker's newly initiated Aperture Records imprint, dispensing its first vinyl release with Oberman Knocks '13th Smallest'. Born as an imprint for conceptual and experimental electronics, Aperture promises great things with this debut 12" of frozen soundscapes and post industrial textures from Oberman who has previously released on Static Caravan as Alkin Engineering. The vinyl edition of the album is a shortened four track EP, containing four cautiously dancefloor friendly tracks also available on the CD. 'Walkers Ret-Ret Hive' takes inspiration from classic Autechre structures circa Chiastic Slide, with digital bitten kicks rolled into abstract patterns contained within creepily dense atmospheres, while 'Holtzen Anger Mire' tucks reverberant rhythms into grainy digital textures like a quasi speed dubstep track made by Ben Frost. The uneasy atmospheres of 'Lackey Demand' add more complex harmonic arrangements to the morphing metal beats, but it's the album highlight 'Beckerton First Draft' with its arcing melodic constructions and cinematic qualities worthy of Bola that make this an essential purchase for fans of the very heaviest electronic stuff. Recommended!