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Heady synth-bass-trap constructions inna Rustie/Kuedo/HudMo mode from French producer Charles Prieur on Simo Cell's ace TEMET imprint. Mad fancy packaging too.
On "Memory File Hosting", the French beatmaker refines his process, sticking to the rough template established by US pioneers like 808 Mafia and DJ Spinz but injecting it with neon-hued UK special sauce - the kinda rave-corrupted, video-game-inspired sound we heard from Joker, Rustie, HudMo and Dark0. It's a solid formula, carried by Prieur's estimable engineering skills: each track sounds as if it's been tweaked to reach a level of sonic perfection, with synths beaming like sun rays.
Unlike the ATL material that roots Prieur's rhythms, "Memory File Hosting" leans into a level of synth fetishism that coolly scrapes against Jean Michel-Jarre's glitzy stadium electronics. On 'Inner Dance', malleable baroque arpeggios suggest a 1970s electronic landscape painted in the wake of Wendy Carlos's "Switched on Bach", interrupted by Shawty Redd 808 booms and Lex Luger trilled hats. 'Ash Flow' operates in a more liminal zone, epic and synth heavy, but still heavy enough to rattle the lining out of yr trunk. Prieur saves his most club-ready material for later: 'Red Dominoes' and 'Skaï Mauve' are as heavy as anything on 808 Mafia's crucial instrumental mixtapes, cutting dissonant piano and flute sounds with innovative, chunky percussion.
We're most impressed when Prieur engages his softer side though, embracing a PS1-era shimmer on 'Transparent Things' and the Sakamoto-esque 'Firefly Lullaby', our pick of the bunch.