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Boomkat Product Review:
Fluxion seamlessly meshes dub techno and film score styles in a sublime 7th studio album, Ripple Effect, dispatched via his Vibrant Music label in the wake of two sublime Transformations excursions with Deepchord. Unfurling a glacial sequence of noirish vibes and barely-there electronic inference evoking classic cinematography and out of body experience, it’s a sound that could be effectively summed up as Mamangakis meets Moritz Von Oswald in Athens at midnight.
While usually considered mutually exclusive paradigms, in Fluxion’s hands film music and dub techno make perfect bedfellows, with the evocative cues and gestures of the former beautifully melded into the latter with no disservice to either. The end results form an ambiguously malleable narrative that we’d imagine is perfect for headphone-dwelling flaneurs and wandering old cities on balmy evenings, as the album drifts from filigree detailed dub bass and sylvan keys in Train Incident, to moments of Bohren-like jazz noir in Momentum, to what sounds like a clarinet line from the Heimat soundtrack mixed with contemporary MvO grooves in Another Side, before stretching out over 11 minutes of gloriously subtle scenes in Tipping Point, the album’s denouement, into the windswept slow motion rendering of Fortitude and the sorrowful closing title of Moving On.