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Boomkat Product Review:
Tenerife cult underground hero and literal postman Tomás de la Rosa puts together his first proper album after more than 20 years of local activity, fusing microsampled industrial electronix with dub, IDM and electronics.
It took global confinement to provoke Tomás de la Rosa into finishing an album. "Seeds of Light" is constructed from sketches and unfinished songs that the producer dug up from "the deep ends of his hard drive" during lockdown, combining old material with brand new productions. Despite this, the record sounds remarkably coherent - a fizzy and pneumatic chop-n-paste of grotty samples and cybernetic DSP that splits the difference between Musik Aus Strom/Skam-era dizztortion and Raster Noton-style hyperminimalism. Postman's love of hard-swung hip-hop is evident on tracks like 'Galaxy Party' and 'Egregor', and while he doesn't slip into LA beat scene repetition, there's the trace of Dilla's "Donuts" in these hybrid forms, imprinted over the rusty skeleton of Prefuse 73 and Machinedrum's first releases.
Tracks like 'Arcturian Funk' and 'She is Pleyadian' meanwhile use microsamples not unlike Montreal royalty Akufen, but never allow the jagged glitches to form into anything that might be mistaken for a 4/4. Postman is most confident when he's freewheeling, dragging influence from neo-grime/post-ardkore vanguards like Scratchclart and East Man on 'Neo Cortex' and finding his own language between bass music, experimental forms and jerky MPC boom bap.