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Space Hardware is ready to unleash its second release following the genre defiant label opener from Placeholder. Taking the reins for this next outing is Croydon based Deft (whom spotters will recognise as the man behind the opening track on MJC’s recent DJ Kicks, as included here) with help from fast rising yet already legendary vocalist Om’mas Keith. The resulting EP goes way off the beaten track into a deep and far off world of analogue sci-fi sonics.
‘Let’s Hook Up’ opens the EP with the plenty of squiggly and heat damaged synth sounds before Om’mas (who has not only collaborated with Mark Pritchard and Tom Trago and added his production nous to Frank Ocean’s LP, but so too does he head up the Sun Ra referencing hip hop collective, Sa-Ra) drops some languid vocal rhymes in from above. Sounding something like Snoop Dog and Harmonic 313 in a cosmic face-off, it’s a glistening yet predatory track that takes you to another place entirely. So too does the same track come in a voiceless instrumental version, thereby allowing the dense and gauzy electronics to really shine through and fire at your every synapse.
On the flip, ‘Lucid_Overline’ is a more beat driven affair. Slowed house kicks are the undercarriage upon which glitchy claps ride, dark and melancholic chords linger and from which unidentifiable vocal woos float out in swathes of echo to every corner of the tune, drawing you in and enveloping you tightly as it goes.
And so to the aforementioned DJ Kicks licensed track, ‘Loqux & Past’, a beautifully tripped and spaced out arrangement of loosely gathered garage hits, stuttering kicks and diffuse harmonics. Clearly, Deft has a knack for sound design that stays true to his name: everything here sounds designed for purpose rather than culled from a sample pack, with the immersive results as difficult to pigeon hole as anything you’ll hear this year.
- Space Hardware
Release/catalogue number: JIM002
Release date: Jan 21, 2013