Boomkat Product Review:
3rd album proper from Max D, finding the Beautiful Swimmer “acting on instinct” with seven songs tying up the most mercurial aspects of his sublime take on disco, Afro-beat, 4th world dub, new wave experiments and warmest psychedelia.
No doubt aided by mixing and synth contribution from Jordan GCZ, as well as guitar chops by Jack J and more synth from PPU’s Benedek, Boost operates in orbit of last year’s awesome Lifted LP, whilst also conveying inspirations as far flung as auto-tuned Ethiopiques pop and venusian beach music, and yet simply sounding like Max D music the whole time.
Luring us in with the elusive, liquified thumb pianos, palmwine chime and spare claps of Bubblegum, the album’s path beautifully bifurcates between the passo doble dub and feathered autotune vortices in Mjax to bloop off into the middle-ditance with A Billion Drops in Space, and naif alien lounge music of Inspo (Ambient Mix).
The beat comes back hungry on the B-side, filling the hyaline aviary of Rhythm Automator with a fidgety, stepping breakbeat akin to some Craig Leon zinger, before slipping between the eyes with something approaching pineal sino-grime-soul in Hummingbird, and tripping up some escher techno staircase with the ancient-futurism of Wave & Particle.