Boomkat Product Review:
First new release from the elusive Gescom since 1998’s “This / That” double installment for Skam, and it’s a killer. Unusually timed to tie-in with "Draft 7.30” from Ae, this latest work from the Autechre-related (plus assorted un-named others) collective is a 4-track wide precision assault from one of the most consistently bewildreing acts on the scene. We open with the title track, a rumble of bass tones and reversed sketches, EP-7 style double bassnotes and a stuttered rotating interplay with unusual strings and appregiated synths, though the unrelenting high-end percussion filtering ultimately lays down the law for a mighty track. Reminiscent of Autechre’s live work in parts, there’s a distinct air of familiarity here that just adds to the usual sense of intrigue that accompanies all Gescom releases, as you scramble to try and discern why exactly it is that you’re so convinced that fragments of sound in the mix have somehow been heard before. Magic. “Tangle Ill’ is up next and finds itself deeply submerged in a reverberating liquid of some description, those unmistakable aquatic percussive thuds stretching themselves from one end of your brain to the other, all eerie hints of melody and an overwhelming urge to jack, and that is, after all, what it’s all about right? “TR2A” on the flip is much messier and faster, surgically constructed beat-loops disasembled and replaced in the wrong order, a frantic scramble to work out how best to tap your feet along in time and the final realisation that it’s best to leave that particular task to the robots. Ace. “Slow Acid” is just that, acid squelches turned into metallic bends and twists in elastic sound, a classic Ae beat underlay demanding to be listened to loud and with the lights turned down low. Awesome. As a special bonus, the CD version of this release comes complete with a bonus track, a 15-minute Gescom megamix, originally featured on the Skam label profile on BBC radio one’s “One World” show.