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Heart-warming, rhythm-driven electronica from James Clements, aka prolific D&B producer ASC, exploring a gentler, Schnaussian sound as Comit for A Strangely Isolated Place
In a beautifully refined shift away from the steely contours and urgent rhythms of his widely-adored ASC releases, Commit locates a finely feathered balance of float-away melodies and the kind of sweetly puckered, whirring rhythmic impulses that connect ‘90s Autechre and B12 to early Ulrich Schauss’ noughties ambient-pop and its contemporary echoes from the likes of Synkro.
Effectively the eight tracks of ‘Remote Viewing’ form a tactile inversion of Clements’ better known side. but they should come as little surprise to anyone who has followed his meticulous and abundant work since start of this century, and more specifically in the past decade, when he has really dominated a certain grey area of modern D&B.
Between the crimped rhythms, reverse string loops and wistful pads of opener ‘Behind Dulled Eyes’ and the eldritch acid-hop whirl of album closer ‘Soliloquy’, Comit portrays a sweetly tempered version of himself that’s sure to attract lovers of fluffier electronics in the likes of his Autechrian nod ‘Flutter’, the dewy-eyed bliss of ‘Reverie’ and the soul-searching stroll of ‘Meadows.’