Boomkat Product Review:
In which Italian techno maverick Donato Dozzy reworks material from US synth sorcerer Chris 'Bee Mask' Madak, generating seven serenely ambient, meticulously detailed themes that hark back to a more innocent, wide-eyed era of armchair exploration.
The two artists met last year at Japan's Labyrinth festival; having been commissioned to do a single remix for Madak, Dozzy found himself so stimulated by what he had to work with that he came back with an hour's worth of material - Spectrum Spools decided the only reasonable course of action was to release it all as a double-album. Dozzy's mastery of narrative is well-documented, whether in his celebrated work with Neel in Voices From The Lake or in the leftfield 4/4 gear he releases under his own name; his elegiac treatments of Bee Mask tend towards the astral melancholy of the former. 'Vaporware 1' and 'Vaporware 07' are typical of the whole, all intricately arranged bell-tones, humid field recordings and magnificently forlorn string-pads calling to mind the mid-90s Apollo missions of John Beltran, Locust or Thomas Fehlmann.
'Vaporware 02' retains more of the noise DNA that runs through the Bee Mask bloodstream but the atmosphere is still one of rarified despondency; the album's second half goes further into rhythmic, head-blown-off kosmische, building up to the climactic arpeggios of 'Vaporware 07', a sincere, irresistible articulation of IDM reminiscent of the original Black Dog or Kirk DeGiorgio in full space-flight.