Boomkat Product Review:
Oh dear....how good is this??!!?? Keith Fullerton Whitman returns with this truly stupendous and inspired album for Planet Mu, at long last giving platform to tracks that have gone into folklore over the last few years. Opening with his remix for Kid 606 ‘Vatstep DSP’, we go from the presets of laptop glitch to a raggafied beat, digital toasting, gabbacore interludes and the obligatory amen break, quite frankly leaving all immitators (and the kid, some might say) severely lagging. Bo! ‘When was the last time you were violent?’ sticks with the percussive imprint at first, but creeps into a deeply rooted weave of digital texture, darkly coloured spaces filled with reverberating metalic sounds and three dimensional sweeps through space. Awesome. ‘Marbles’, meanwhile, gives it some Gameboy action, draped in a tasty gabba beat and snazzy low-end that manages to avoid the usual trappings of what might be described as ‘novelty’ and, instead, delivers a masterclass of beat construction, sample editing and splicing technique that flows so effortlessly one can imagine the process appearing almost as an afterthought. ‘Gemini’, meanwhile, unravels a tender Fender Rhodes arrangement, accompanied by what sounds like a Piano and some spooled found sound, a tear-jerker of sorts, seeped in a kind of unspoken euphoria that leaves us all misty-eyed and out-of focus....a theme that continues with the glorious Satie-esque opening to ‘2nd Zero’...ahhhh..suddenly.....bang...mentallism akimbo......hrvatski Special!! With 8 (count ‘em!) Extra tracks on the CD version – including a cover of the Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, the gorgeous Piano-laden ‘Echoes’ and loads more, this is a bona fide classic, a must.