Boomkat Product Review:
The drought in good quality electronic music is becoming more and more obvious. The old round table of electronica labels are either drying up, closing their doors or moving to greener pastures, and new ones don't seem to be in the sort of abundance that they were five years ago. It's a sad state of affairs for the lonely electronica fan, and without labels such as Highpoint Lowlife continuously keeping up a stream of high quality electronic music releases I'm sure the suicide rate would shoot up. Marshall Watson (real name Shane) is the latest artist to put forth his vision of modern electronica and of course it's of impeccable quality. He apparently describes his music as "crunchy, pretty, emotive, nostalgic, bittersweet, childlike, sad and smoky.", I'd certainly agree with the crunchy part - it's like Autechre, Arovane and Phonem were dueling in your gran's basement while Basic Channel played in a nearby warehouse. Watson manages quite startlingly to condense a damn sight more into this disc than most electronica artists ever managed, there's techno, idm, shoegaze, minimal. it's diverse but never loses sight of the flow. I can't say I ever liked maths but with Watson as your teacher it gets a little more interesting.