Boomkat Product Review:
Dutch master NWAQ mints his Last Age label with a trio of cosmic deep house specials that leave a lump in the throat and feeling like we’ve had a fistful of mandy.
Clad in beautifully fucked artwork by Jan-Robert Leegte that metaphorically reflects the music’s head-smudging nature, the ‘Above EP’ is another slab of peerless class by Jochem Peteri’s deeply adored project. Now in its 20th year of operation, NWAQ here augments his pursuit of the sublime with a new quota of compression and inherent, distorted artefacts in a manner that feels to continue an ongoing, double refractive dialogue with Actress’ spirited deep techno aesthetics, which are themselves influenced by early NWAQ and Ross 154 classics such as the recently reissued/re-pressed album ‘The Dead Bears.’
We’re in the presence of a completely singular, pioneering artist here, shimmering in proximity to his Ross 154 head-melter for Boomkat Editions, ‘Wherever You Go, I Will Follow’ but pushing the levels deep into the red; stressing an iridescent, fractally kaleidoscopic texture and tone that to our ears at least, evokes the feeling of an MDMA peak, as in those times where you’re practically kissing God, eyes wobbling and lips-mushing. Somehow spartan but lush, the results roll out from the squashed kicks and swirl ‘Above II’ into utterly ASMR-levels of scalp stroking bliss on ‘Above I,’ while ‘Dume’ lands beautifully sore on the B-side with writhing groove and textures that feel triple tumescent as ecto glow flesh, but equally elusive as in a dream.
It’s a new high water mark for the idea of “noise techno” and a perfectly nuanced new progression for one of this century’s greatest experimental ambient/techno/house catalogues.