Boomkat Product Review:
The most prolific man in electronic music Aleksi Perälä continues his return to the Ovuca project with another lengthy set of microtonal acid, speedy electro and post AFX IDM melancholia.
Before this year, Perälä's last proper Ovuca release had been in 2011 - before that it was 2001's Rephlex-released "Wasted Sunday". But this year, the Finnish workaholic has put out no less than eight (!) new Ovuca albums. And this is after releasing about a hundred microtonal techno bumpers under his own name over the last couple of years.
If you're familiar with the Ovuca project and Perälä's idiosyncratic recent material "Northern Lights & Alioth" won't be a massive surprise. All his hallmarks are present here - psychedelic cycles of oddly-tuned synth, washes of acid-laced synth - but packed into a framework more consistent with the producer's well-liked Rephlex material. So we've got odd tunings and lysurgic synths, but this time mapped against tweaky hi-BPM rhythms that hark back to simpler times.
It's reliable stuff, but when Perälä fires himself further into the depths he really excells. 'FI3AC2146080' is a deep tech burner that sidelines wonk in favor of textural trickery, and closing track 'FI3AC2146090' is a swinger that sounds like peak time minimal with its drums reduced to a cinder.