Boomkat Product Review:
Veering far from what we expected, ‘Games Have Rules’ is a brilliant late night excursion made in the spirit of classic Artificial Intelligence albums, instantly reminding us of that killer first Reaganz (Move D & Jonah Sharp) album from ’94 with it’s atmospheric soundscaping and nods to John Carpenter.
In fact it’s not all that removed from the better end of the Fax/Rather Interesting catalogue - especially those Atom Heart/Namlook collabs that seemed to go on forever and soundtracked many a late night back in the mid 90’s. Fittingly, the album was created in the early hours at New York’s Hospital Productions and Berlin’s Inanimate Objects studios, imbuing proceedings with what the label describe as “...a sense of night turning into day, and the shifting contrasts of dark and light the music evokes…”.
And the material here really sounds unlike much Vatican Shadow or Function you’ll have heard before - gone are the toughened and degraded tape productions Dominick Fernow has made his own these last few years, and the dancefloor machinations of classic Function barely make an appearance until the last two tracks on the album - the only two tracks with any kind of dancefloor propulsion at all.
And even then the synth washes and overall atmospherics win out, making for an unexpected, deeply inviting album oozing warmth and an emotive personal narrative that makes for one of the most enjoyable electronic albums of the year so far...