Boomkat Product Review:
*Includes bonus remixes from Machinefabriek, Jasper TX, Seaworthy, The Declining Winter, Northerner, Library Tapes, Pausal, Glissando, James Yates, Yuri Lugovskoy and Matthew Collings* Following on from releases by Northerner and The Declining Winter, the Home Assembly Music imprint makes it three-from-three with this excellent solo outing from Paul Elam (a full-time member of the aforementioned Declining Winter). On the accompanying press notes, the label itself levels comparisons with Machinefabriek and The Caretaker, and you can certainly hear where they're coming from, although neither of those artists is especially likely to be dishing out Dilla-esque beats on their opening track the way Elam does on 'The Train Is A Rainbow'. Similarly, 'Document One' is very much in the same vein as Lone or Keaver & Brause - perhaps even Bibio's recent work - in its re-jigging of modern beat compressions with old, faded source material. There's enough beatless material here to destabilise those sorts of categorisations however: during 'Of October's scratchy glitch orchestrations and the Tim Hecker-style tonal drifts of 'Half Names' a different picture emerges. This hauntological hip-hop opus is really quite special, and certainly with songs like 'I'm Fond Of Maps' (think Burial, circa 1920) and 'He'd Found The Sea' there's an indication of exciting things to come from this artist. Highly recommended.