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Long term friend and cohort of Leven Vincent, Eric Maltz is the latest artist to grace the hallowed Novel Sound. Hailing from New York City, and now residing in Berlin, his life alongside the label honcho has included a long stint in Halcyon Records' (Brooklyn) and a dynamic series of parties that the pair threw in and around the area. A debut album that takes on the industrialized, technoid aesthetic of Novel Sound and injects it with a kind of cybernetic emotion that makes it glisten like a neutron star. From the opener, "Drone Y Besa" which hints at its cyborg-pop sensibilities to the inter-planetary bounce of "Time". "All The Things" sends shatter-like ripples through the space time, as another yearning vocal part gets shrouded in dark matter and red shift. "Symphony At Dawn" sees the second disc introduced with style and aplomb, a cosmic arpeggio pushed ever-outward into the outer cosmos and met with emotion-riddled strings and sweeping mainframe bursts. One hell of a ride this one folks, a more than competent addition to the flawless NS catalogue. 

Brand new Levon Vincent has turned up right out the blue! On the flawless Novel Sound imprint too - how exciting! The EP opens with the abstract, interstellar goodness of "Stereo Systems". Nothing but a glistening spaced out arp and thudding drum occupy the first two thirds of the track, but that doesn't stop it totally overwhelming the dancefloor or any other space it resonates in. Soon enough, Vincent's trademark analogue sweeps and crashes come peculating through the mix, making for a heady, narcotic brew for completely mangling minds late on into the session. On the B-side, "Together Forward" begins with a rumbling kick and abrasive snare pattern. Sure to quickly and forcefully whip the floor into militant, marching mode. Heads down soldiers and look up only at the laser! Again, its a restrained, minimal affair which I'd almost be quick to label 'DJ tool' were its production traits and Eno-esque sensibility not so mind-bendingly unique and powerful. These are seriously excursions into sound design and exploration but with a dancefloor-honed logic which will expose these alien frequencies on a whole mass of unsuspecting victims! You have been warned! Finally, "Speck's Jam" sees Vincent cleverly manipulate an upright bass preset into a heavy groove with tight hi-hats and organic percussion darting around the stereo field. Well timed and head-turning breakdowns alongside an unusual guitar-lead melody in the latter section of this track make it an unconventional but winning choice for most discerning nightspots. Essential, and super limited as always.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Here it is folks! More interstellar magic from our man Levon Vincent. You know the drill - these disappear quicker than Philippa's mince pies!

As Novel Sound reaches its forth release, Levon Vincent delivers an incredibly hot piece of futuristic house music. "Double Jointed Sex Freak" is broken down into three parts. Part 1 begins in typically dark fashion with a low, pounding kick drum, eerie vocal snippets and metallic atmospheres conjuring up feelings of mechanical desolation and destruction. Very Berlin in its darkness but with a Chicago like jack to its juice (especially when the vocal snips start really going for it). The track evolves into a real monster through the sum of its parts 2 and 3. Subtle variations in Vincent's sound palette soon have you rattling and shaking along, heavily compressed monstrous sub rumbles adding plenty of oomph and cascading delays fluctuate over your cerebrum. With a frequency range as full as this, you really need to experience this music on a proper sound system. Further descriptions; Basic Channel references and quotes about ‘taking the direction of house and techno into completely new realms’could easily be dropped here but I'm just gonna say You Need To Hear This Record! Especially fans of deep, dubby techno circa: Chain Reaction, Echospace, DJ Bone, Rob Hood, Berlin-techno and Detroit sounds. Don't sleep.


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