Boomkat Product Review:
Kevin Palmer unravels a suite of dusky, strolling groves and claggy, weathered electronics for 12th Isle’s 6th release, after gems from Ramzi, Cru Servers, Palta & Ti, and X.Y.R.
Spotted on a handful of strong underground labels such as Opal Tapes, No Corner, and Astro:Dynamics since the start of this decade, BAT has consistently brought a low key and economic yet distinctive style of hardware-derived music to the table, variously testing his chops in mutant configurations.
On ‘Enginetics & Plasmalterations’ we find his wandering vibes directed into some of his straightest-playing grooves. It starts up gingerly with the stumbling ephemera of ‘Vivi-Q Flight Path’, but finds it feet in slow, rolling structures that drift from soggy dub in ‘Orbitiara’ to the blunted, crackling jag of ‘Nick and Kev Set Controls for The waning Moon’ with Mr. Beatnik, and brilliantly shapeshifting into more asymmetric structures with the vaporous yet angular swang of ‘Unfathomed States’ and a pulsating abstract named ‘Extinct Song’.
The result is evidently BAT’s most rounded and smartly sequenced LP to date, if you ask us.