Boomkat Product Review:
Prolific bass engineer Anthoney Hart cranks out his second Basic Rhythm full-length for Planet Mu and it's a doozy. Renaissance garage slink, slo-mo ambient bleeptech, wobbly airlock acid, angular D&B all doused in gallons of vintage rave special sauce - spannered and brilliant.
Between his crucial grime excursions as East Man and the flurry of releases on his own Raw Basics label, Hart has been on a tear recently. "Electronic Labyrinth" is another maze of British 'ardkore and vintage Detroit techno influences, constructed with madcap ingenuity by a dance music veteran who's been active for three decades. Far from a nostalgia trip though, the album grabs familiar elements and restructures them into distinctly modernist forms.
'Craft' kicks things off with a sozzled serotonin blast of euphoric synth, before lurching into one of Hart's familiar steppers' rhythms. He's been honing this sound for a few years now and it's immediately recognizable: tumbling kick drums, Waspy techstep bass and a swing that puts it in line with lifted material from Príncipe or N.A.A.F.I.
Standout cut 'Hayward Road' is even more off-kilter, dropping Greenaway-patented orchestral flourishes over a subtle 2-step beat. It's one of Hart's weirdest concoctions to date, perfectly in line with this album's jagged direction. The title track sounds like deep sea dubstep made for a submarine rave, while the aptly-titled 'Techno' is a rare 4/4 banger that reminds of the genre's fertile early years without relying on overcooked tropes.