Boomkat Product Review:
Hausu Mountain alum Jesse Briata exhumes the corpse of early '00s IDM on 22-track epic "Spiritual Malware", sounding like Arovane, Lackluster, Proem and Mr. Projectile but spiked with a few drops of vaporwave wobble and videogame OST rave intensity.
The thing with IDM is just as you think it's disappeared for good, it bobs up again and refuses to flush. "Spiritual Malware" is Chicago-based producer Briata's latest attempt at mastering the sound, and honestly if we didn't know better we'd swear this was made in 2001. It's a worthy attempt at capturing the wide-eyed hopefulness of the always-online set, that hovers around the post "Chiastic Slide" melodicism of Arovane, Phonem and the Merck label, crossing it jaggedly with Squarepusher and AFX's backroom rave antics.
'Henoncurve' coulda been on Arovane's recently-rereleased "Atol Scrap", while the 7-minute 'Purify' is closer to EOG's complex electro-guided soundscapes. 'Substances That Make Your Brain Change' looks back to a time before "Chiastic Slide" though, with bleep techno nods to Higher Intelligence Agency and Speedy J, and 'Shin Megam' tips into almost dub territory.