Boomkat Product Review:
Reel Torque returns for 2016 with NPLGNN’s raw, sore AF debut album written over the last 3 years in dedication to the Paesaggi Periferici, or Suburban Landscapes, of his home city, Naples in southern Italy. Big recommendation if you're into Basic House, Sand Circles, Andy Stott etc.
After a pair of hoofing 12”s for Where To Now? and OKNO, this album stakes out NPLGNN’s widest parameters between severely knackered techno, hip-shot breakbeats and sun-cracked noise panoramas, and all paradoxically generated or drawn-out from from one small piece of relatively outmoded, untrendy gear; the Korg Electribe EMX1.
Each track was recorded live in one take, wringing out a series of slamming, broken rhythms and thistly textures; each drum hit and pad modelled with an in-built noise applied from the machine’s tactile on-board FX, resulting a rudimentary but gripping development of 10 bittersweet, discordant grooves with a perhaps surprising amount of emotive payload and turn of phrase.
In a sense it could be said to follow Mark Fell’s minimalist mantra of getting the most out of one bit of kit, or working within self-imposed limitations, as opposed to accumulating more and more gear and losing yourself in illusory process and exercise. And funnily enough, it also sounds like a personal cassette compilation of experiments from the early daze of Sheffield rave, albeit one left to marinate in a derelict tower block thru the seasons for the last 25 years.
The tape format definitely suits the album’s fidelity best for a thorough listen - we imagine jamming it your car or while cooking spicy grub - but, for the first time on Reel Torque, the tracks are also available to download as a set of individual tracks for club rinse outs.