Boomkat Product Review:
Christoph De Babalon cuts onto Luke Younger’s Alter with the roiling gloom of ‘Hectic Shakes’, coming in the wake of an operatic link-up with WDIT and the reissue of his gothic jungle opus, ‘If You’re Into, I’m Out of It’, a total classic of its genre.
Intersecting Alter’s wide-ranging tastes from an oblique new angle, ‘Hectic Shakes’ despatches a tempestuous brace of shivering, jabbing and gnashing jungle breaks splayed with Dungeon-style synth motifs in isolationist, cinematic arrangements that fairly fall under Mark Fisher’s idea of a “depressive hedonism”.
Aye, they might not light up the pleasure centres of your average, proper-up-for-it-me raver, but those predisposed to the darkside will surely appreciate the feel of De Babalon’s style most strongly across ‘Hectic Shakes’. From the clash of grand, stygian strings and chattering cenobite breaks in ‘Harakiri’, to the scorched brass fanfare and shadow-dancing ,squat basement impishness of ‘Endless Inside’, and then thru to the pensive poise and acrid synth tone of ‘Raw Mind’, this is prime material for seeing in the end of days, for dancing in the face of annihilation.