Boomkat Product Review:
Ufff - this one's been a bit of a holy grail for heads since it originally dropped back in 2013. Clouded ghosts of techno, 'ardkore, glitch and fractal ambient are blurred into rhythmic throbs of energy and stifled emotion. One for fans of Pendant, William Basinski and Chain Reaction…
If you were entranced by Topdown Dialectic’s highly collectible run of pressings - 2018's self-titled full-length and its two follow-ups - then this debut release, originally released on tape in 2013, will complete the picture.
It’s where Topdown Dialectic first outlined their methodology, using the language of dub techno to abstract dancefloor forms into hazy near-ambience. They trace a lineage that began with Berlin’s influential Chain Reaction label and all its many splintered offshoots - from Vladislav Delay’s early influential work through Shinichi Atobe, Fluxion and beyond, eventually manifesting with 2018's influential "bblisss" compilation and Huerco S's Pendant albums - a new generational echo of the same atmospheric vapour.
On their 2013 debut, movement comes and goes like a tidal flow, backed by textural washes that dissolve into the aether. Vocals materialise wordlessly, splayed against rhythms that might have been floor fillers if they weren't so inverted; something like Vladislav Delay or Luomo smudged to oblivion.
'A2' and 'A4' rub against French touch funk and techno, while 'A3' and 'B2' sound more horizontal, capturing the same glacial pace as Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ but re-positioning the focus to the dancefloor. It's a prescient melting of genre borders that feels more at home in today's musical landscape than it did back in 2013. Anyone who's been eagerly hoovering up material from Vaagner/Vaknar, West Mineral, 3XL or even Space Afrika, should investigate immediately.