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Nanometer-tight electro-funktions from Brizzle’s FFT, wielding his scalpel on three killers for Glasgow’s Numbers that follow in the mould of MMM’s recent minimalist turns, Dopplereffekt’s iciest electro, or zingers by Alva Noto and Mika Vainio
Cut to Numbers’ exacting standards, ‘Disturb Roqe’ echoes the label’s roots in front-facing electro with a thoroughly modernist palette of precision tooled percussion and sculpted synth noise laced with a spirit of humanity in its fleeting vocal idents, warm chord progressions, and sexy swang.
The syncopated tinfoil drum patter and surging noise of ‘Disturb Roqe 2’ unmistakably recalls Carsten Nicolai’s ‘Uni’ worx as much as the stop-start electro calculations of Heinrich Muller, while ‘Disturb Roqe 4’ is blessed with a warmer flush of chords that surely remind us of Ø’s latter apex album ‘Oleva’, with meticulous detail in the reverberant dubbing. ‘Disturb Roqe 5’ is located farthest from club conventions, eking out a more freeform adjunct to the sparest moments of MMM’s recent album with pendulous bass pulses and glancing vocals that eventually gel into an air-stepping structure and delicious darkside blasts of cold air.