Boomkat Product Review:
Flaty reimagines fuzzy trap and contemporary R&B instrumentals as dreamy ambient music on 'Intuitive World', distorting the euphoric qualities of Clams Casino and Metro Boomin productions with Harold Budd, Cocteau Twins and Malibu.
On his last few releases, Flaty has proved that he's a force to be reckoned with, whether he's working solo on his own ANWO imprint or alongside Ol as Serwed on West Mineral. 'Intuitive World' is one of the mastering engineer and sound designer's most convincing excursions yet, transporting his swatchbook of ideas into a completely different universe of sound. His influences on this one are video game soundtracks, ambient sound collage and RNB, but primarilymid-2010s trap instrumentals sublimed into a cloud of delay and reverb. On 'Upper Spell', a vocal loop disappears into Flaty's backdrop of sugary pads like its a producer's tag, and it's hard not to think back to beatless material released by polarizing Oakland outsider Lil B. On 'Intension', Flaty brings dubwise rhythmic constructions into the frame, but flips into dream pop mode on 'Tree', coming across like a cinematic reduction of Slowdive or MBV.
These shoegaze excursions are the finest moments of 'Intuitive World'. Flaty makes a pertinent link between contemporary R&B and pop and 90s euphoric guitar music, pointing to the same strain of melancholia with his distilled, cosmic dub-bient construxions. When it works, like on the well-pruned 'Goblin Sograda' or the Blade Runner-esque 'Declare Day Whom To Sleep', Flaty doesn't sound quite like anything else in the broader ambient spectrum. And while his compositions hold up well against vapors from his XXL and West Mineral peers', few of those producers are straddling the line between mainstream pop and the experimental underground.quite so convincingly.