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WHEW!!! After a mad hectic volley of Rian Treanor & Nakul Krishnamurthy-esque rhythmic screwballs as Printiig in summer ’22, India’s Shubharun Sengupta returns to Superpang an altered beast with three masterfully Autechrian twiss-ups
‘Central Mass’ firms up any claim for Sengupta to be hailed India’s visionary contemporary electronic artist with a deeply absorbing bout of algorithmic ingenuity of the rarest kind. Sadly we still can’t name any other Indian artists even edging on this area beyond Karnatic music composer Nakul Krishnamurthy, and that’s only a tenuous link. As proved here Sengupta is carving a very unique sound that can be said to reflect the historic, mathematical complexities of Indian classical music but enhanced by computer to produce utterly bewildering fractal designs that mark a heady leap forward from his previous Printiig zingers.
Always a bit of a fool’s errand to truly try and define this kind of madness, if you know what we’re talking about, but this really is some devilishly good shit that will appeal to even the hardest-to-please followers of abstract hyper rhythmic computer music. As opposed to the brevity of the Printiig volley, here he opts for longer timeframes in two substantial parts that play out fascinating polymetric permutations, as with the pit of snakes slither and aerosolised textures to its title part, while ’Submode’ taps into the sort of boneless articulated limbs first found on Æ’s ‘Fol3’ from ‘Quaristice’ and in their current live tekkerz. There’s a little more to grasp onto in the displaced swag of the set’s relatively succinct ’Outprocess’ but it’s basically all serious earfloss and hyper-sensual aerobic mysticism highly recommended to them that know. Phwoooooar gimme more.