Boomkat Product Review:
Phork's 2nd album, 'Entertainment', for NNA Tapes is a far lusher, more engrossing affair than its tunnelling techno predecessor 'Discrepancies'. Los Angeles-based producer Neal Reinalda has stripped his sound down to reveal traces of hip hop and R&B in his holo'd spaces, collapsing and subtracting sampled cultures in ten refined, cleanly contoured and economic spaces shaped with cool, focused composition. 'Accelerationism' feels like vintage Jelinek or Kompakt techno refracted thru modern American tastes, and the light R&B minimalism of 'Undone' or 'The Clock' have the cool elegance of a Co La or How To Dress Well cut, while the melting silicone textures of 'You Worry They Will Worry' could be heard as trippier adjunct to James Ferraro's most recent contemporary abstractions. Best of all, it's not explicitly dark, or totally happy music, there's more a fine balance of eerie synthetic numbness and dosed-up ambient tranquility.