Boomkat Product Review:
It’s interesting to see how purveyors of broken dubwise minimalism have tried to diversify their sound over the last couple of years. In thrall to the prototypes of Basic Channel and, later, their rhythm and sound incarnation, the sound reached a cultural climax with the release of Pole’s seminal first album back in 1998. From there on this generic microcosm unfurled at an exponential rate, bringing to the world the House modifications of Kit Clayton and his Belief Systems, the Scape imprint and a seemingly unstoppable roster of producers guided by the presets and configurations perfected by their master. As the scene has progressed these new diversifications have been necessary to keep the movement, well, moving, something quite evidently at the forefront of Scott Monteith's thinking cap while recording this excellent new album. And so shards of foreign disciplines enter the mix - slivers of african and arabian rhythmic patterns, homespun guitar twangs, hiccup edits to a 4/4 shuffle, even at one point a deliciously evocative vocal- all underpinned by that static-driven production that keeps it heavy with the low end at all times. This is another hugely enjoyable record from an artist that has always come in at the fresher end of this often claustrophobic scene - a big recommendation.