Boomkat Product Review:
Hyper-fwd club music from Brooklyn’s Purple Tape Pedigree. RIYL Lorenzo Senni, TCF, PC Music, Joseph Marinetti
“Continuing in a string of releases deviating from electronic club music tradition, Geng's Purple Tape Pedigree presents Syn Stair by DJ NJ Drone. This new body of work finds the New York City producer further exploring frequency and spatial-pressure within the semi-conscious constructs of his “Syn” universe.
Uncoiling at a frantic, 150+ bpm pulse, Syn Stair is a stomach-sinking exercise in tension. Melody comes in the form of arpeggiated synth chatter, dipping through aqueous and distorted states while cutting up octaves in repetition like a menacing chant. Mutant noise, sourced from real world recordings and what lies beyond, punctuates any notion of rhythm as the conceivable drum darts in and out of visibility in this terrorscape. As the A-side focuses on a brooding, weightless approach (“Syn Stair (No Fountain),” “SYN 555 Zone”) with bursts of stop-n-go movement (“10 Cones”) to achieve closer proximity, the flip is where momentum gathers from quickened stalk (“Syn Stair (Blind),” “Sharp”) to pursuit, ending at a punishing 4x4 charge (“Spectral Future Loop”). A chase dream in six parts.
If all modern electronic music were defined simply by sure-footed genre referencing, DJNJD's work would remain a legless hover akin to Orko (of He-Man fame). His music is of polymorphic design: past “juke” and “hardcore” classifications can only be mere scribbles on various torn pages in a larger, tattered collage – the lines upon which illegibly bleed into one another.”