Boomkat Product Review:
Newly expanded, 25th anniversary first vinyl edition of OYC’s sensuous 4th world synths and percussion suite, hailed as a highlight of their roving catalogue now approaching 40 years young
After clocking their 2021 timecard with the new recordings found on ‘A Tension of Opposites’, O Yuki Conjugate’s Roger Horberry and Andrew Hulme highlight the uncanny timelessness of their music with this reissue of ‘Equator’, which shares an unmistakeable aesthetic with all their work since forming in 1982. Heading off on their own nocturnal slipstream of hypnagogic drones and purposeful percussion the duo conjure steeply immersive vibes from their flatland explorations, swerving any sort of stunts or peaks in favour of circling a metaphorical mount Kailash or, indeed as the title implies, the whole globe.
Remastered for newfound clarity and now including 30 minutes of unreleased material, ‘Equator’ takes pride of place in the pantheon of 4th world greats, broadening and deepening the trip for revisits and first introductions to intrepid armchair travellers and headphone moochers alike. Typically guided by intuition the original 11 tracks course from ‘Insect Talk’, which remarkably sounds like those recordings of cicadas slowed 1000% (and even Havana Syndrome triggers), to the awning drones of ‘Depertature’ the same spirits spill over into the supplementary bonuses, most beautifully revealed in the glistening 9 minute chrysalis opening of ‘Roseland’ and a stripped down original version of ‘False Prophet’ reminding of their peer, Muslimgauze, with mesmerising drumming on ’Skinned’ and a darker echo of Hassell in ‘A Gap Between Two Worlds.’