From Sub:marine Records comes a fine 7" release
on high-quality extra thick vinyl. The sleve looks hand silkscreened
as well, making for aesthetically pleasing packaging.
The first side features Double from Chicago-based IDM-er
Miles Tilmann. Tilmann's work is slow mellow IDM in the vein
of Boards of Canada. Organic sounding keyboard tones float happily
alongside lightly crunchy beats. Double is a pretty good
representative of Tilmann's work. It starts out with a lovely
keyboard intro before the beat comes in, then it moves comfortably
along to a natural conclusion. Good stuff.
The second side is Seclusion Dub by Larvae. Larvae is
the act featuring Sub:Marine founder Matt Jeanes, and here Larvae
turn in another fascinating electronic peice. I honestly don't
know how to clasify this act: they seem to blend IDM style distortion
with hip-hoppish beats in a way that i haven't really heard
before. Seclusion Dub is a little more bass heavy than
some of their other work, but it is good nonetheless. It is
full of computer manipulated distortion, and yet it has an unmistakeablely
head-bopping beat. well done.
Overall, this is a fine release from two interesting electronic
acts. As a 7" it should be pretty cheap, so it can serve as
a good introduction to these bands.