Boomkat Product Review:
From behind the ear of Move D, Workshop pluck out a long-thought-lost LP by storied UK techno producer Ibrahim Alfa, in one fell swoop marking up his debut album and first release under that name since 2003.
Originally intended for release on Moufang’s Source Records, but subsequently shelved and nearly forgotten about, Hidden By The Leaves is a class example of Alfa’s precisely loose and heavily swung style, hovering between wonky Brighton techno, UK/Detroit electro, breakbeats and eldritch synth themes.
Sparking off with a Mark Leckey-style, cut-up memory dredge, the record floats between stepping, fidgety electro in Black Mask to a stella, elliptical piece of breakbeat techno in Past Is Past, taking in the squirming IDM organism Drifting and a superb ambient escape pod in We Can Never Go Home, all paying testament to the artist’s versatile vision and touch.
RIYL The Connection Machine, Carl Craig, Move D