Boomkat Product Review:
Dale Cornish crowns his 2016 with a stringently playful study of the Roland TR-909 clap preset for Where To Now?, coming in the wake of aces for The Tapeworm and Halcyon Veil and a guest spot on Powell’s Sport album.
Applying N.M.O.’s “as strict as possible” mantra to the exhaustive extended technique of Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians in a way that also intersects with Mark Fell’s Sensate Focus output, Cornish methodically juices the clap thru various strategies, hingeing against backdrops that alternately place its instantly recognisable tone in context of the dancefloor as well as in experimental, abstract negative relief.
Oolovka is perhaps unavoidably comparable with the swing and parry of Mark Fell’s Sensate Focus winners, only underlined by welting subs, whereas Cxema jukes at a pounding 160bpm velocity recalling, funnily enough, some of Rian Treanor’s output, before Isolate smacks out some recoiling industrial techno and Before Encore leaves the claps drily thwacking away in cold empty space, occasionally collapsing in dubbed out figures.
If you’ve ben curious or puzzled as to Cornish’s output to date, this is by far his most ‘floor friendly and sure to lure some more to his uniquely considered catalogue.