Boomkat Product Review:
White Material's Berlin-based co-founder DJ Richard serves a smart debut album of low-slung, shadowy house on Hamburg's Dial imprint. The follow-up to his early WM 12"'s and remixes for Radioslave and Dan Bodan takes inspiration from those odd spaces between nature and manmade landscapes and works quite a few shades darker than the usual Dial sound whilst neatly fitting in with their low-key and mesmerising aesthetic. It's perhaps best considered as a very coherent album suite exploring the more personal, meditative facets of his sound; vacillating night-vision synth strokes with sluggish effective techno-house pulses and redemptive ambient chimes across nine tracks. If you're after dancefloor zingers, you're in luck with the entrancing momentum of 'Bane', the subtly gripping build of 'Savage Coast' or the glyding gait of 'Screes of Gray Craig', but they're just landmarks scattered across a varied, curiously emotive terrain also taking in the gloom techno vista of 'I-Mir' and rainbow-thru-mist arpeggios of 'Vampire Dub' in its sights.