The latest record on the recently re-launched Infrastructure label is radically different to what came before it. Unlike Function/Inland, who immersed themselves in early '90s ambient, ‘Goddess’ sees newcomer Irvine venture into dusty bazaars and souks to source sounds. While it’s natural to be suspicious of western producers using samples of everyday life in poor countries to their advantage, Irvine’s approach here is respectful throughout. Just take a listen to the rickety rhythms of 'Thread Laid Bare on the Ground' and the collage of textures on the title track in case you are in any doubt.
The latest release on Powell’s Diagonal label comes from Dominic Butler from Factory Floor and Richard Smith, the producer behind L/F/D/M. It’s no surprise that the three-tracker explores the gnarled, industrial side of techno. 'Acetone' is a heads-down acid pulser and 'Glass Tooth' is based on the kind of scratchy drums and unpredictable bursts of noise that label owner Powell is known for. Neither can compare however, to 'Tapeworm', a distorted, pummelling rhythm that drones and stomps malevolently as the duo tweak the frequencies beyond the point of agony.
These two acts have been on fire over the last 12 months so a collaboration was always going to make an impact. 'Raise Your Hands' is a high energy party track with mind-warping attention to detail. From the glitched-out melody to the intricate kick fills, this track drips love and attention in the production department. Not to focus solely on the technical prowess, the track has all the ingredients to make a summer festival anthem, with its playful euphoric and bouncy nature, hype vocal, and high energy drop.
Soul-soothing liquid at its heart-wrenching best. The melancholy which saturates the vocal melts into the soft musical tones and uplifting warmth of the sub, creating an emotional juxtaposition throughout. Like the tortoise and the hare, the beat shuffles quickly and continually through the track's entirety, as the slow moving sub follows, while harps and flutes create a rich luxurious vibe, adding another layer to this well-rounded, beautiful piece of music.