Boomkat Product Review:
October pits the best part of two decades of dancefloor experience into a shark-eyed, EBM-reinforced debut album that marks up as his most impressive body of work, bar none.
It may come as a surprise for some who’ve followed his work thru its various stages, roundly taking in dubstep, tech-house, dub-techno and their various, twisted integers before arriving at this new sound, which, to be honest, sounds more like a Diagonal record than anything else on Skudge.
From the strapping bass arpeggios and dry thunk of Ritual to the plasmic acid of Syrup the narcotic, sexy influence of OG EBM and non-house styles evidently influence this record more than anything else.
It doesn’t feature jazzy chord progresssions or seductive swing but, it does feature lots of studio experimentation in pursuit of something dramatic, darkroom and fi(delity)-curious.
Black Narcissist salutes the leather-bound funk of Ministry with dive-bombing synthlines and crankiest drums; Body Chant yearns for nasty Belgian New Beat; Blood Feud beats you up in the shadows with sparking drums and gloomy bass, before dosing with lush, euphoric liquid synth strokes; the dry drums and emosh prod of Synchronized Blues sounds like a near-relation of Not Waving’s; and Slow Release keeps it pent and grinding for the darkroom.