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    Huerco S. – “Colonial Patterns” – [Software Studios]

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    A fitting release for the Software Studios label. Huerco S (aka
    Brian Leeds) primarily creates his music on his laptop, with
    minimal input from other sonic gear. Granted that, it is a bit
    surprising how dirty his work sounds, clicking more grit than a lot
    of analog addicts can scrape and squeeze. His beats are sort of
    droney to me, they appear, they adhere and (then as they typically
    don’t change for the length of a track) they disappear although
    they are still techno-ically there. Those drum samples he does use
    feel muffled, pillow punchers more than dancefloor stompers.
    Airtight computer connection maybe? Definitely of the “it’s got a
    beat but you can’t dance to it” flavor favored by KFJC’s own
    Belladonna. “Ragtime U.S.A. (Warning)” is an example where the
    basic beat vanishes lost between the early needle sampled spin, and
    the slow voice morph and a kind of Detroit synth funkline. A very
    short “Hopewell (Devil)” has nice phased washes. Yep, Huerco S.
    (“Kid S” in translation?) loves his parentheses. Between the track
    titles, I get the vibe that Leeds is an astute dude, and the album
    title make me wonder if he’s owning up to plunder, not for his birth
    ancestors, but for his musical (re-)manufacture. There are traces of
    Basic Channel drive, FAX float, Rephlex shimmer and he mentioned
    Hospital Records as a launch point from his punk/metal youth. Any
    jungle has been clearcut away on this, it’s more bumm and drass.
    Color me curious where he’s headed, and I don’t mean from Kansas City
    to Brooklyn. Actually, I see flesh and gears in his future.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:48 pm
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