Boomkat Product Review:
Heavy-lidded, hypnagogic dance and pop aces from Tom Hurst’s inimitably zonked Design A Wave concept; ‘fessing up his first LP with Rush Hour’s No ‘Label’ after a pair of typically sideways 12”s in 2014, and subsequent shots fired on Alien Jams and Brazil’s Subsubtropics.
Currently based in Copenhagen, Design A Wave thankfully still makes music as trippy as his Live On Your Yard LP for Alter which introduced us to his parallel dimension back in 2010. Now six years on, he’s firmly stuck to the formula of mutant, computer-based composition with weirdly familiar, unsettling results.
Snake Face appears to be about musical mimesis, and the way in which sound or information mutates, or has the potential to be interpreted differently thru that process; or, as the label put it, “Snakeface is a timely exploration of the infectious qualities of music, and how it it too, as a carrier, makes its way through neural networks, irreducible to bits and designed to infiltrate and replicate.”
They’re like MOR cruisers pushed into a weirder, parallel lane of composition, ostensibly easy listening and full of seductive hooks, but underlined with an oddness that’s actually bloody hard to put your finger on, but which definitely registers on the subtlest, head-curdling levels.
That underlying surreality is only enhanced by the fact that his grooves are perhaps straighter, slicker than ever, rolling lush and controlled from dusky encounters to emotive disco-techno, thru suspension-lowering acidic bop on the main plate, and reserving the proper wrong ‘uns for a bonus 7”, namely the strangest-tune-on-the-pub-jukebox, Snakeface.
If you like pop and electronic music to be ambiguous, surreal, slick but strangely unresolved, this one’s definitely for you.