Boomkat Product Review:
Elegantly deft and urgently grimy dance musick probes from Lensk, a new cat on the Hypermedium label run by visionary producer Xyn Cabal in Athens, Greece.
Arriving as Lensk’s solo vinyl debut after a tape, ‘Flatline’ (2018) for Angoisse, and digi EP ‘Apophenia’ (2019) with Jerome, the ‘Incised Shards’ EP stacks up six razor-cut explorations of grime and UK ‘nuum styles heard thru the prism of AI thought and sci-fi futuristic sound design.
Like his peer, Xyn Cabal, Lensk has a vivid knack for imbuing ostensibly disjointed sequences of sound with a real sense of dramaturgy. Using the vocabulary of deco-dance music - all vectors and fragments “without place or stable meaning” - he frames something akin to one of Neil Blomkamp’s teasing shorts for his production company, Oats - teasingly dramatic ideas for full films, properly fleshed out with actors and CGI, but never going beyond the teaser stage. However, in a DJs hands Lensk’s six succinct and fully formed tracks are used as building blocks of a bigger work.
The drama rises with an introduction of a gynoid vox and shrapnel-riddled post-grime rhythms in ‘From My Flesh’, while ‘Phlegein’ appears to dissect and reform hardcore techno, cutthroat trance stabs and reticulated jungle breaks in dazzling tessellation, before ‘Collision’ finds a serious groove snaking between techno drums in mazy, reticulated polyrhythms. ‘Wandering Point’ ratchets the madness with noisy alacrity and proper, fwd-leaning electronics, along with grimy ructions on ‘Witness’, and tight levels of torque in the spiralling designs of ‘Bared Teeth.’