Boomkat Product Review:
Opal Tapes get the best beats yet out of Phork on 'Privileged Life'. We were already intrigued and impressed with the American producer's uniquely syncopated grooves on his NNA Tapes, 'Discrepancies' and 'Entertainment', but these darker, heavily swung incursions prove he's only getting better. 'Je suis un pur chef-d'oeuvre' strikes first with incredibly pendulous, polymetric percolations and time-stretched metallic synth zing and noise blasts that's got us wriggling like fuckin' eelz, whilst the expansive 'Collective Delierium' scopes out keening sci-fi sound design and swinging, ill-timed techno rhythms. 'Again' is somehow lumbering, ugly yet elegantly poised noise techno, and 'Soak It' sustains a paradoxically tense but loose tribal flex, whilst the pointillist clarity of 'Givens' feels like Mark Fell gone rogue, and the outstanding closer 'Unknown Unknowns' returns to that inimitably swung hyper-space flex, kinda like a rudimentary, darkside Sensate Focus. Along with the OOBE tape this is the most crucial cassette in Opal Tapes' latest batch. BIG tip!!!