Boomkat Product Review:
French producer and GRM engineer Alexandre Bazin returns to Umor Rex with his most upfront, dancefloor-focused suite to date, 10 tracks that scrub through Burial-inspired garage, blunted Italo, squishy Emptyset-style industrial techno and dubby, side-room trance.
Despite his position at GRM, Bazin's recent output for Mexico City's Umor Rex imprint has sidestepped the French studio's prized concréte output altogether. The French artist is more intrigued it seems by dancefloor-driven gear from the UK and Berlin, and 'Innervision' is his most feet-friendly release yet, using advanced techniques (autosampling, live experimentation) to propel his nostalgic grooves.
'Grow' plays like a statement of intent, marrying a chunky 2-step beat to mercilessly overdriven synths and a rolling bassline that throbs cinematically throughout. The title track offers and immediate stylistic shift though, bringing to mind Manuel Göttsching's 'E2-E4' (or the later 'Sueno Latino') with its stuttering synths and uniform kick. 'Push' is another left turn, a downtempo thud lavished with as much saturation as Maral or Emptyset, but garage is Bazin's primary stylistic touchstone throughout.
'Transient' is a euphoric hip shaker with a hollow, wooden shuffle, and 'Messaging' sounds like it's crying out for a cool-headed, smokey soul vocal. Bazin saves the best for last: 'Types' is a sleazy Italo-inspired electro wobbler, and the added distortion is like the icing on the cake.