Boomkat Product Review:
High calibre, FFWD ambient techno and electronic ballistics from Berlin’s Exael, a pivotal producer in the current flux of activity surrounding the whole Experiences Ltd. and West Mineral Ltd. nexus.
Produced on a dying laptop, ’Flowered Knife Shadows’ sounds out a fine contrast of atmospheric pressure fronts, vacillating a rush of ghetto-tech suspension systems with more elusive, mercurial ambient gestures in alternately restless and sanguine styles that could be said to mirror the world’s palpable state of anxious stasis and upheaval. It’s one of the most dextrous volleys yet heard from this scene, and a must check for fans of Exael’s work in the Ghostride The Drift and Critical Amnesia sessions alongside his buddies; Huerco S., Ol, Perila, Special Guest DJ.
Known as Naemi to their mates, Exael leads out with a thizzing steppers remix of Arad Acid’s ‘Koch Metish’ that comes off like Rian Treanor or Second Woman with a head cold, and that sound design also informs the pinched high pressure point of ‘Quikgel’, and the strange, inverted breakbeat rave space of ‘Boneheaed.’ But the sublimated ambient thizz of ‘Fig Jelly’ triggers a change in the wind directions that leads to quieter, contemplative zones in the crackling pulses of ‘Anc’, to the sunken ambient noise floor of ‘Rotor’, and a coy but spiky kiss-off starring Zoe Darsee vocals in ‘Reality’s Sweetheart (Moon Pie Mix).’