Boomkat Product Review:
After cocooning himself in modular electronics for the past few years, Surgeon emerges with the strongest batch from his new setup in Luminosity Device. We can’t place our finger exactly on what’s changed, but the nine new tracks on offer feel more organically kinetic, offering something closer to a 1-to-1 representation of the wriggling, eely organisms that have been incubating in his studio for the best part of this decade.
In terms of its hard-edged, stoically funked-up delivery and taste for off-kilter dissonance, the sound of Luminosity Device is still unmistakably Surgeon. But, as the album’s title implies, the sound is now either lit up or glowing differently, and meant to be received by dancers and DJs skin and eyes as much as their ears and inherent ballistic proprioceptions. In a way, he’s better acknowledging the systemic and synaesthetic connections between DJ, soundsystem and us - the dancing, feeling vessels which are ultimately the enduser of his potent sonic substance. And if you want to read into it on another level, the artwork’s clear nod to Bowie’s Changes LP also suggests a shapeshifting new skin to his sound, while the engine effectively remains the same.
If you’re after highlights, run clock the swollen charge of The Primary Clear Light withs its fibrillating trance chorales and prickling exoskeleton, also the wickedly elastic looseness of Courage To Face Up To; the pinging, T++esque hydraulic dynamics of earth-sinking-into-water; and the scaly iridescence of the The Etheric Body - then you’ll know exactly what to do next.