Boomkat Product Review:
Architeq finally follows his acclaimed 12" releases for Tirk with this excellent debut album. The album lands at a point in the end of a decade when disco, dub, R'n'B and electronics are engaged in a full blown future-f*ck, inviting any style interesting enough to join in for a rhythmic climax, attempting to produce shiny disco babies for a next generation. It would appear that Architeq is either the voyeur, taking it all in, or entwined at the centre of the seething pile, inserted with rhythms, styles and methods that he absorbs like a sauna towel. Some of his best work is on slo-mo rhythms like opener 'Twilight', sounding like Danielle Baldelli directing Sly & Robbie, while his knack for working with choice vocals shines through on the late-night spatialised R'n'B of 'Nothing' featuring Junior Williams, or tech-stepped time signature switches on 'Spinning Plates' feat. Angele David Gillou skipping syllables over untethered Italo arpeggiations and free rolling drum breaks. 'Odysee' is one of the major highlights here, bearing an slight resemblance to his Scottish brethren BoC with library-esque melodic touches and slo-mo cosmic boogie rhythm, while the previous singles 'Sleeping Bear Lament' and 'Birds Of Prey' will still deliver the sure-shock upon first listen. Architeq knows how to squeeze that last bit of juice from every key and and rhythmic twist, putting him on a par with retroid-future funk experts like Joker or Diskjokke, but way out in a cosmos of his own. Tip!