As post-dubstep splinters into countless micro genres and the two-step garage revival gathers pace, Daniel Avery releases his tag-averse debut. There’s more than a trace of rave to these 12 tunes, but they’re agreeably off-centre, anchored by UK bass’s weight and balanced by melodic complexities, with savvy shifts in tone and context preventing numbing repetition. Not that Avery denies the pleasure of a good, old-fashioned build/release pattern: the title track is an especially strong call to the dance floor, but the hushed minimalism of “Naïve Response” and the lean, cosmic-house groove that drives “Simulrec” show the wayward logic that is Avery’s sharpest tool.
By Philip Sherburne on 12.22.14 in Features
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By Jamie Ludwig on 12.09.14 in Reviews
While many music lovers have spent fall buzzing about the first new Faith No More album in 18 years arriving in 2015, another noteworthy project of FNM's Mike Patton has simmered below the radar of the mainstream music c...