Boomkat Product Review:
100% killer, woodcut and smoked-out halfstep pressure by a UK producer beloved for work in myriad modes of D&B, techno, and greyscale noise - RIYL T++, Burial, E-Saggila, Felix K
Carrier is the new alias of Guy Brewer, whose bleak techno as Shifted, and grittier noise functions as Covered in Sand, have been keenly in step with experimental club mutations over the past decade. His new EP ‘Neither Curve Nor Edge’ builds on a preliminary TTT session in ’23 with a more deliberate, patiently tense definition of a style that knits previously explored aspects of D&B, techno and noise in compelling halfstep structures. Everything feels exquisitely engineered and considered in its own space as each track executes its limber functions in varying shades of a distinctive style that has already firmly snagged the underground imagination.
In the same way that dub and dancehall have long related to, and been abstracted within, UK club music, Carrier’s new cuts draw from and industrialise that motion with a moodier gothic sidespin. Chain-rattle percussion and chiselled bass sync in dankest space on ‘Into the Habit’, establishing a framework he dances deep into on the T++ techno-dub-stepper ‘Shading’, and around the deft shadowboxer ’Still So’, before scooping bodies in sweeping subs and the squashed air of ‘The Motions’, with its curiously expressive electronic squirm and lush pads.