Boomkat Product Review:
Aleksi Perälä’s Ovuca returns for the first time in 10 years with a fascinating exploration of syncopated rhythms and the colundi scale, in key with all AP Musik releases
Returning to one of his earliest projects, as released on Rephlex, the results are straighter and more technoid than we’d come to expect from memories of Ovuca’s drill ’n bass styles. The breaks are still there, but slower and organised in more rolling, lissom forms recalling PWOG’s extended early ‘90s treks, heading off on durational missions that range between 9 and 15 minutes each.
We may be overreaching here, but it’s maybe possible to hear some link to Persian tombak drum styles and microtones across the EP, swept in subtle permutations of groove between the swaying opener and the mesmerising 2nd piece, with classic Ovuca/Astrobotnia pads detectable on the third, whereas track 4 tweaks out a driving sort of Chicago house via Ø and Dabke styles, and the closer bends harder to a minimal bleep techno style akin to Pan Sonic.