Boomkat Product Review:
People Press Play is the latest project embarked upon by Thomas Knak (Opiate) Anders Remmer (Dub Tractor) and Jesper Skaaning (Acustic) who together have previously recorded as Future 3 and System. For People Press Play, these three wise men of Danish electronica are joined by vocalist Sara Savery, who you may remember from the Bichi album on Knak's Hobby Industries imprint. The resultant combination of warm, intricate electronics and wispy shoegaze-informed pop dynamics makes for a truly addictive listen. Knak, Remmer and Skaaning are not only producers of the very highest calibre, they seem to share an uncannily similar approach to their material - you can really hear the various sonic aspects of their solo projects converging for a common aim here, with all the key themes that have characterised their prior work present and correct - bitcrushed dub rhythms, unashamed melodic romanticism and a uniquely accessible slant on electronic minimalism are all blissfully evident - but now with an added human presence. While the group have previously flirted with vocals and pop music in general, never before have they submitted themselves so comprehensively to these elements, and Savery makes for a perfect foil to the crisp, rigid electronic programming. The voice becomes a disembodied haze in parts of 'Frail', which shapes Savery's tones, layering them into a web of chimes and glitches. Many of the tracks take a more uptempo slant, with the echo chamber beats of 'Girl' given added momentum by soft waves of distortion. The beauty of the production really shines through on 'Studio' (appropriately enough), which is a real massage for the ears, boasting silky-smooth synths and a perfectly weighted bass to counteract the fizzing and crackling of those brittle percussive flourishes. By the time you get to final track, 'Stop', the album's taken on a whole new trajectory with the sort of lush overdriven textures that bring to mind My Bloody Valentine. Highly recommended.