Boomkat Product Review:
Superb, high velocity, brownian dub techno slosh and parry by Hoavi, alum of Balmat and Peak Oil, doing it for Gost Zvuk and fans of Nebuchadnezzar, Chain Reaction, Conrad Pack & Gonz
Now ten years deep into their thing, Hoavi proves a consistent mutability with ‘Phases’, which follows the same sort of momentum as his sought-after ‘Invariant’ 12” for Peak Oil, but presented in more brittle, skudgy, minimalist forms in key with Gost Zvuk aesthetics.
The 150bpm+ pacing and restless writhe of the EP bears striking resemblance to the work of Ukrainian-American artist Nebuchadnezzar, a big fave of ours, but perhaps with less emphasis on bass drums and more on texture close to pulsating, uptempo Chain Reaction numbers like T++ Erosion and Monolake’s Helical Scan.
Very useful cuts are found in the hypnotic thrum to ‘Phase 7’, the cyclical swill of ’Phase 10’, the air-stepping subtlety of ‘Phase 5’, the outstanding rinse of ‘Phase 2’, and rapid saccades and reticulated motion of ‘Phase 8’.