Boomkat Product Review:
V I S unspool a killer tape of Herron’s recent studio output, veering between frayed rhythmic noise and cyberpunk grunge in the grim vein of the label's original production showcases by Christoph de Babalon, Felix Kubin, Basic House, SPR.
A pivotal figure in Manchester behind the Meandyou club night and events in Soup Kitchen’s basement, as well as an occasional collaborator with Joy Orbison and his Hinge Finger imprint, Herron here follows his nose into the maziest and murkiest ginnels of his style, practically leaving any semblance of gridlocked house in the rearview to instinctively pursue a more greyscale type of electro-acoustic dub flux.
Working shades away from Madteo’s rudely squashed rhythm ’n noise style, and in similar waters to Porter Ricks and his former collaborator J.S. Zeiter, Herron ekes out a low key but keenly burning hour of off the cuff blatz and gritty noise riddled with traces of iridescent melody and glancing samples that fizz thru the ferric clag.
Most crucially. his rhythms feel unlocked and now flow with a freer viscosity, oozing between knotted dembow and more relaxed, straighter grooves, but also prone to dissolve with an amphibian grasp of dry and wet textures and natural contours, leading to some writhing mutations of posthuman electro in the 2nd half.
No doubt it’s the most impressive release in Herron’s small but well formed catalogue, and a strong look for anyone feeling the like-minded releases on Youth, the label run by his Meandyou. co-founder, Andy Lyster.