Posts Tagged ‘Complex Sound Sagacity’

Cat no: CSX002
Release date: 28/11/11
Get it from: Juno download

Acidulant is Neil Hales from Malta, who as well as being a 303 devotee is also a qualified pilot, and therefore the closest thing to a proper space cadet to have graced these pages. He’s the kind of hard-working, industrious sort who puts his music out through a variety of labels (including Acid Hardwave, where you can download his earlier Acid Revenge EP for free) but this is his debut album and it’s a cracker: a masterclass in hazy beats and sci-fi atmospherics, top-class IDM for acidheads. It’s all there in the opening: Dark Sector begins by pretending to be a finely honed fusion of Electro Sounds and John Carpenter until a distorted 303 adds a smoky, spacey feel, and with the pace staying languid, segues into the Chicagoan acid and spine-tingling melodies of 6th Dimension. There are nods to the Rephlex school of frazzled acid, most notably on Controlled, while a mid-album one-two of Lollipop Trees and Space Station sounds utterly now, if not quite as distinctive. But Acidulant really nails it when he’s revisiting 1980s sounds, like the epic Sprite, where the kind of hard-edged electro beloved of Dave Clarke meets an acid line salvaged from the outer limits, and Textsurfer which rounds out the album with reflective synths.

Some links:

Complex Sound Sagacity

Acidulant Soundcloud