Boomkat Product Review:
Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. A strong look for fans of Mark Fell, Æ, OPN
Foxconn / Trios is a flash fwd remainder of d’Eon’s brilliant streak for the Hippos In Tanks label circa 2012, now thankfully brought to light as the 3rd release on Kuedo and Joe Shakespeare’s Knives label.
Hailing from the same era when d’Eon shared a split record with Grimes and was arguably among the first to combine footwork with jungle and electronic music as Kallisti, the Foxconn / Trios set feels like a stray satellite that just came back into radar contact after years out of orbit, and possibly retuned by alien or divine intelligence while it was out there.
Approximating something like Mark Fell skipping thru an OPN album, or Haruomi Hosono’s SFX album dissected by Lorenzo Senni, its nine hyper yet weightless constructs are the result of innovative, palindromic compositional strategies applied to “low sample-rate soundfonts” in a democracy of free-spinning and gracefully resolving loops and digitally psychedelic patterns.
MIDI notes are triggered in precise, strobing data bursts and butterfly-knifed flurries, firing up the senses to a lush sort of panic state or a meditative violence mirrored in the music’s synaesthetic recollections of cascading black MIDI windows or some infinitely evolving GIF tessellation.
But make no mistake; the technology is at the service of the human here. They may veer on Dev/Null-style breakcore in Satyam Integrated Engineering Solutions and the footwork-jungle cyclone of Datamatics Global Services II but his giddy structures are blessed with a tiered, harmonic poise that balances the record and your head, especially in the delicate hyaline spirals of Infosys II and the breathless sensuality of Foxconn I.
Ultimately it’s a welcome and timely prompt that the future is often behind us, as well as in front, and it takes open minds like d’Eon and Kuedo to remind us where to look.