Boomkat Product Review:
Ryan Lee West's Rival Consoles settle their differences in sublime fashion for his latest, 'Odyssey' on Erased Tapes, starring none other than Peter Broderick. Putting the "human" back into electronic music as his press release infers, these five tracks are intricately crafted from recordings of hands-on analogue equipment which are duly reduced and shaped to fit in his filigree arrangements. They whirr and flit with a deceptively effortless organic feel that masks the labour behind their construction. Opener, 'Odyssey' is a fine piece of slow, emotional trance techno with effervescent arpeggios and sleek motion coming off like Pye Corner Audio with a posher accent, whereas 'Philip' feels out more indistinct, hazy space between field recordings, sweetly swelling synthlines and bustling, intricate percussion. 'Voyager' opens the B-side with a crafty, engrossing arrangement bound to appeal to Jon Hopkins or James Holden fans, and the spritely quirks of 'Rebecca' cleanse the palette for outstanding highlight, 'Soul', blending Peter Broderick's blue-eyed-blues croon with a dusty thump and glistening pizzicato melodies.