Boomkat Product Review:
Killer minimalist rhythms. RIYL Mark Fell, Rian Treanor, Dale Cornish, Ripatti
CPU’s Computer Club follow NYZ’s cracking ALG 118B with a taut lesson in pure, rhythmelodic machine cadence from Aesthete.
Sheffield-based musician, cycling enthusiast and clothing designer Thom Barnett is behind Aesthete, whose Obfuscation is one of the niftiest experimental techno EPs we’ve heard in 2016.
Working with the barest palette of bass kicks and spare Roland percussion, Barnett treats the grid like a noumenal loom, weaving and warping his rhythms with needlepoint precision.
The staccato micro-mechanics of Too Keen appear to kern the dynamics of Mark Fell’s Sensate Focus volumes close to Dale Cornish’s Clap exercises, whereas the super dry but playful swerve of Zaire splits the difference between Jlin’s unique syncopation and Rian Treanor’s stinging minimalism, and Igloo is just ice cold techno futurism, clipped and cut tight in-the-pocket.