Boomkat Product Review:
Repress. This latest addition to Touch's always essential 7" series takes the form of two new tracks from Mika Vainio, recorded a few months back in Berlin. Both productions feel brilliantly tailored to the format, forging a language out of rich, crackling layers of hum and minimal popping rhythms that flirt with the illusion of being a particularly beautiful and freakish occurrence of surface noise. The A-side is especially evocative of this, structured around a stumbling mid-tempo loop and a chilly swell of sustain and airflow tonality. As with so much of Vainio's best work, this is a recording that's at once clearly rooted in forward-thinking electronic music, whilst vividly drawing on vintage sonic elements and analogue instability. Flipping over, the companion piece operates in a similar fashion, although the beat seems to modulate in a fashion that would have you believe it's straying out of time, attracting micro-rhythms fabricated from crackle textures. The end result sounds a little like an Alva Noto record that's been pressed up on some mucky, ramshackle run of vinyl; or perhaps even the first Opto album by Noto and Opiate's Thomas Knak. In any case, Behind The Radiators is another compelling triumph for Touch's singles club, and it's one which exhibits a real understanding and love for the format. ESSENTIAL PURCHASE!