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Boomkat Product Review:
The Border Community mainstay experiences a creative rebirth on a Prurient-featuring fourth album.
‘Providence’ finds Anglia’s pre-eminent exponent of kaleidoscopic techno and pastoral ambient return to the album format after a fallow few years for Fake fans with only the odd 12” for sustenance. The reasons for this? Fake dealing with a prolonged bout of creative block. Clearly that’s behind him as ‘Providence’ finds the UK producer in fine fettle on a first album outside the Border Community coop, landing as a Spring highlight in what is presumably a packed 2017 LP schedule for the Ninja Tune empire.
Named not in honour of the Rhode Island creative hub but rather the Korg Prophecy synth used throughout and the therapeutic energies of music, ‘Providence’ has plenty of punchy, kaleidoscopic Fake-outs to please his fan base. Not least the frenetic, furious synth work and clomping drums of the title track, but it’s not all Sunny-D dappled spiralling Anglian techno.
The undulating dub techno of Fake’s DEGREELESSNESS collaboration features after being issued as a single last year, whilst the luminescent squiggles of The Equator & I and the loose, squalid electro funk SmallCityLights further broaden the scope of ‘Providence.’