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London shapeshifter patten galvanises their sound with a brutalist darkside allure on ‘Aegis’, following a handful of Warp albums with a striking return to their 555-5555 label
Since emerging over a decade ago patten has become one of London’s most mercurial but singular producers of electronic music, with a magpie approach to club music and fractal detailing that means his music is always shifty, in flux between garage, electro, techno, IDM with an elusive quality that’s become his signature. His 5th album ‘Aegis’ firms up his sound for 2020 with mechanically amorphous rhythms and a shark-eyed, sci-fi focus that plays out like the soundtrack to the current club apocalypse occurring in nightspots across the UK.
Following the styles of ‘Flex’ from 2019, patten’s new batch renders a wildly animated bunch of current club shrapnel and fluctuating feels, from ratty jungle impishness in ‘Drip’ to cuboid 8-bar grime chops in ‘Heat Loss’, and driving technoid drama like Zomby ramping Actress in ‘Gravity Bond’, and twisted hardcore warehouse ballistics in ‘Torque’ and ‘Goo’, held together with nerve-tweaking emotions in ‘Vertigo’ and a brooding bewt called ‘Cerulean’.