Boomkat Product Review:
Future Times' Max D and fellow DC mainstay Jackson Ryland team up on a set of improvised, tweaky steppers that straddle the line between Carl Craig/69 and A Guy Called Gerald. Free as fuck and fresher for it.
Beautiful Swimmer Max D and Jackson Ryland have been improvising and overdubbing together since 2018, looking to create quick, dextrous tracks rather than labored studio workouts. This debut long-form release highlights their playfulness and broad musical knowledge, as they work their way through well-worn club sounds (techno, house, 2-step, jungle) without getting hung up on perfectionism.
In fact, the loose, free nature of these recordings makes them sound closer to an early formulation of dance music, when tracks felt as if they could fly off the rails into chaos at almost any moment. Sometimes the duo channel the DIY funk of early Detroit rollage ('Antimatter Circus'), elsewhere it's mind-phasing jungle ('Hops') or brittle breakcore ('Super A').
The record comes into its own though when the two producers morph the edgy alien qualities of SND with Vladislav Delay's hybrid dub and Farben's chiseled jazz funk on 'Slip' and 'Hyperplasticity'.