Boomkat Product Review:
'Contact' is the enveloping debut album by futurist beat makers, The-Drum. Proceeding last year's excellent 'Sense Net' and 'Heavy Liquid' albums, and production for the likes of Haleek Maul, it follows a more explicit sci-fi theme, one which was always implied by their retro-futurist sound palette, yet never quite as strongly as the loose narrative structure applied here. Straddling simulated hyperspace between Art Of Noise, hi-tech jiggy R&B, and recent James Ferraro, they render a crisp and vivid vision of futurist music, eschewing the tropes of lo-fi and noisier types to stir up more distinct, dystopian emotions with the poetic phrasing of, say, a Ballard classic in the richly coloured and deftly detailed composition of 'Sim Stem' parts 1 & 2, or evoking the intricate, cybernetic complexities of William Gibson's Neuromancer in the tortuous 8 minute odyssey, 'Narco'. But far from simply being a nerd's wet dream, the duo carry off their sound with instinctive funky flair, achieving what Ferraro always struggles with, much to his appeal, in the Neptunian percolation of 'Sirens' and a super lush bounce practically worthy of Clams Casino or Evian Christ in 'Horizons'. Basically, 'Contact' is a total beauty, one of the best in class for 2013.