Boomkat Product Review:
Kit Records boss Richard Greenan drops his first solo album in six years - a hodgepodge of influences from beat tapes and sound collage to modern classical and improv. For fans of Rachel's, Colleen and Susumu Yokota.
'Rehearsing Heat' is a softly-spoken record that's built from echoes, heat haze and the traces of sounds and samples. The NTS DJ, writer, designer and producer takes his cues from hip-hop, but melts these techniques into a landscape of subtle, cooing ambience and wobbly instrumental bliss.
It's like the music from a glittery dream sequence, with music box chimes and distant vocals swirling around field recordings and piano loops. There's a trace of Four Tet and a hint of Susumu Yokota, but Greenan's process is more abstract and more challenging. On 'Romeo Wept', Greenan's treatment bridges the gap between the GRM and Dilla - the beat scene influence is there, but disrupted by abstract processes and treatments.