Boomkat Product Review:
Original Junior Boy Matt Didemus and german electro artist M. Maischein do slinky, tropical electro-acidic breaks as Hydromantic on the first 12” from Hunee’s Lifetones label
Also incorporating additional percussion by H. Severud aka Telephones, the ‘Archipelago EP’ is Hydromantic’s first outing on record following a debut live performance at Berlin Atonal 2019. In Hunee’s own words the duo’s music is “the outcome of their explorative approach towards timbre, rhythm and space”, which, for the dancers and DJs, means not your usual kind of dancing tackle.
In each corner they work up seductive syncopations of exotic drum palettes and beautifully spaced out electronics, roving from the trickle of Mbira-like melody, rude 808 bass and wriggly acid in ‘Archipelago’ to sweetly unfurl a tangle of modular twangs, crepuscular pads and Severud’s drums in ‘Pipe Phase’, before really taking the vibe off road and down the rabbit hole in ‘Paranormalisation’, and checkign out with the pendulous electro minimalism of ‘Drip By Drip’.
RIYL Dolo Percussion, DJ Sotofett, SW & SVN, Mor Elian