Boomkat Product Review:
Aversions is an album born from the calamity of a hard drive crash, a technological failure that managed to destroy the entirety of Gareth Hardwick's new album. Having suffered what for most electronic musicians would constitute a killer blow, the Nottingham-based artist set about an alternate course of action from a daunting complete restart. Instead Hardwick handed over his back catalogue (much of which has been culled from various limited editions, tapes and CD-Rs) to a host of fellow artists for reinterpretations, remixes and supplementations of the source materials (its also worth drawing your attention to a couple of short, very accomplished miniatures from Hardwick himself). The roster of contributors to this project is an impressive one, including Machinefabriek, Xela, Steinbruchel, Library Tapes and Strategy, each one offering their own distinct take on Hardwick's music - the Library Tapes piece, 'Last Heights' instantly takes its place within David Wenngren's established oeuvre, dissolving downbeat piano figures into a blurred soundscape of echo and sustain, while Xela draws on the tape-saturated grit and grime of his recent solo emissions, looping vocals and rich, airy synth tones over the gently uplifting six minutes of 'High Tension'. Supplying one of the disc's lengthiest and most fully developed cuts, Apalusa reinterprets 'David' with a grand piece of electronic orchestration. It's a similar story for the Chris Herbert remix of 'Dissolve': the track is stretched over a grand duration, barely giving change from twelve minutes, knitting together a spacious swell of airborne chords. The final entry goes to Rutger Zuydervelt, and the Machinefabriek man addresses 'Lost In The Memory' with no small amount of aplomb. Combining crisp digital distortion, high frequency drones and satisfying elastic twangs, the various sonic elements are finely assembled and precisely what you'd want to hear from Zuydervelt. Recommended.