DeeperNET: The Network (2016)
Updated: Jan 9
“If you want to dance and jump breathless, well...The Network is all indicated to you...as well as your feet and ears”
1 Cracking the Code 8:12 2 Vision Quest 10:57 3 Hearts on Fire 6:43 4 Sator 6:51 5 Mystic Division 9:42 6 Quadraphilia 8:09 7 The Network 9:29 8 Fabrics of the Subconsciou 9:19 Spotted Peccary | SPM 2203
(CD/DDL/Spotify 69:27) (V.F.) (Trance Goa)
After a more or less wild album in Impossible Landscape, Andrew Miles tries it again with an album clearly more in the Trance style. In the genre of One released in 2013. THE NETWORK proposes a collection of 9 furious titles which risk to surprise the; a little quieter clientele of the American label Spotted Peccary.
A wave with a halo of metal which disintegrates and with sequences which bubble in a too narrow tube propel the wild beat of Cracking the Code. Rollings of percussions and clang! The doors of the totally unbridled rhythm crush us to the wall. With a load of retro effects and of stroboscopic lines as madly jerky as unseizable which spin from everywhere, Cracking the Codes seizes our two feet to manhandle them in a heavy and powerful whirlwind which is doubtless going to make pop some memories of the 90's, in particular with the more commercial music of Leftfield or still Underworld. All the elements of Goa are gathered; demoniac lines of vibrating bass which kick down the beat with effects of loops, unbridled percussions and effects of slamming percussions, lines of sequences hammered and fed by effects of psychedelic stroboscopes as well as electronic effects which hesitate between some short ethereal moments and some furious phases fed by a hunger for soft psychedelic effects. If DeeperNET wanted to get the attention of the fans of Trance Goa, he got it rather fast while lovers of panoramic music of Spotted Peccary still have their thirst of serenity are well crashed against the walls. That continues with the hopping rhythm, like a techno cavalcade, of Vision Quest. Less violent than Cracking the Codes, Vision Quest favors an approach of atmospheres and of electronic effects on a structure of rhythm which loosens its movements of jerks around metallic and danceable tsitt-tsitt. The rhythm is crashing on a cliff of serenity at around the 5th minute to get back with more vigor some 90 seconds farther. The melody? Euh... There is, but the bludgeoning of the percussions and the bombardment of the bass sequences get the upper hand over a nasal thing fed by a simplistic movement. Let's say that the melody aspect here seems to be not the priority of DeeperNET. The wild beats? He has no problems with that! Hearts on Fire proposes a more fluid approach with a lot and a lot of percussions and effects of stroboscope decorated with sequences to organic tones. Here, as everywhere around THE NETWORK, the game of the percussions arouses a kind of fascination when it harpoons the rhythm in order to restructure it towards an even more unchained phase. My ears began bleeding here! And Sator makes nothing to look after them. I need a break after this rhythm heavily clubbed by heavy percussions! And Mystic Division arrives just in time with its heavy and slow structure which follows the paths of a boosted down-tempo by more accelerated phases but still less wild. There are even moments of astral tranquility on this title which is very welcomed for the ears. Especially that Quadraphilia takes them back yet with a slightly hopping structure, like a hip-hop whipped by elements of Trance. The melody? Still there, sorry but the rhythms come so much of everywhere and metamorphose with so much crash that my ears have difficulty to well discern them. For the greater part, they arise from these stroboscopic lassoes which crumble melodic strands painted of organic tints. Most of the melodic phases are substitutes of rhythm, as in that of the title-track which is a kind of fusion between Funk, Hip-hop and Trance in an envelope of tones more cosmic than psychedelic. After a small intro fomented in the nebulosity, Fabrics of the Subconscious continues on the rhythmic tracks of The Network, but with more vigor and heaviness in the leaps of which the shadows forge a continuous movement. It's doubtless the most psychedelic title on this powerful fresco of Trance Goa that Andrew Miles throws us behind the head. Did I liked? Let's say that there are moments where my ears wanted to run away, but the feeling to write a chronicle has got the upper hand and I finally enjoyed a lot of moments here, as I before finally ended by like Leftfield, Underworld, FSOL and Orbital. Names which go very well alongside the music of DeeperNET! In fact, I hooked on it after having heard the title-track and very good Fabrics of the Subconscious. The rest follows from then pretty easily.
Sylvain Lupari (October 1st, 2016) ***¼**
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