Boomkat Product Review:
The future arrived in 2011 in the form of Kuedo's hyper-influential debut album 'Severant', now reissued on double vinyl for the first time. Since quietly disbanding the Vex'd vehicle he operated with Roly Porter, he moved towards a slower, ornately detailed sound with his Kuedo project, finally emerging with a stripped down and luxurious variant that references Chicagoan Footwork and 808-driven Road Rap, with strong traces of Vangelis-style synth opulence.
To be fair it's a simple enough formula, but executed to often stunning, elevated levels. Compared with his previous records, there's a huge amount of space, evoking brutalist megastructures and sci-fi architecture, a sort of dreamy hyperspace allowing the listener to indulge in their own personal fantasies, and we gather that's the intention; says Jamie "As reality shapes imagination and escapism affects choices in the real world, there is a strange relational loop between the two and the space in between the two."
Suspended in this interzone of whirring 808 mechanics and arcing, glasssy synth superhighways is a lush place to be, made all the more immersive by the sheer articulation of his sound design, from the crisp snap of the snare rolls to the billowing bass and phthalocyanine synth hues. It's a deeply romantic album, in love with the machine/human interface and imbued with a futurist sincerity which really shouldn't be ignored.
A classic, no less.