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Tech house and particle physics: not exactly the coziest bedfellows. Try telling that to Nuno Lisboa. His triumphant Anti Matter EP suggests that other producers would do well to adopt brow-furrowing science phenomena as a muse.
At sixteen years of age, Portuguese-born producer Nuno Lisboa traded Casio keyboards and percussive instruments for the measured beats and beefy bass lines of tech house production. Flash forward to today and Lisboa has honed a sound that draws inspiration from the meticulous soundscapes of Umek, Groeneveld, Tesla and Fedde Le Grand, while adding a dark twist of otherworldly sinisterism.
Anti Matter is an edgy, unpredictable track built around driving rhythms and sharp fills - those childhood days with percussion serving Lisboa well. The structure is a world away from the staid rise and fall of less creative tech house stock. It flits and fidgets from beat to bar, occasionally making way for urgent synth portamentos that provide a feverish hook. It’s a clever track. One that riddles as it rumbles.
That’s not to say Lisboa’s creativity lacks cohesion. Tales of Chile, which scampers across to the ambient side of tech house, is consistently and vividly harrowing. Off-kilter percussive elements and spectral synth-pans provide the backdrop for writhing industrial rhythms. Eerie it may be. But the Anti Matter EP unveils a young producer mastering his art at warp speed.
In 1898, when British physicist Arthur Schuster coined the term from which this EP takes its name, he speculated that entire solar systems could be annihilated by matter meeting antimatter. With his menacing synths and brooding rhythms, Nuno Lisboa may have unintentionally created the perfect soundtrack for such an apocalypse.