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Jordan GCZ – Introspective Acid

It took me a while to figure out why I like Introspective Acid so much. When I first listened to it, I knew the EP was one of my favorites. Since I heard the first releases by Juju & Jordash somewhere in the early 2000s, I knew they are amongst the true innovators of house music. Their albums Techno Primitivism (2012) and Clean-Cut (2014) are still in my list of favorite electronic dance music albums.

I was sad when I heard that the duo was planning on taking things slow, but the material that Jordan (Jordash) releases the last few years proves me wrong.

His Patreon followers get brilliant improvisation sessions from his home studio in Amsterdam. The tracks he releases are always pushing the boundaries of different styles. Still, Introspective Acid surprised me. The four tracks on the EP are typical Jordan GCZ: open, playful and exciting. But there is something else. I still can’t describe what that something is.

For a while, I thought Introspective Acid is Jordan’s take on vaporrave, a genre that blends the past and looks forward at the time, like Jeremy Gilbert and Mark Fisher’s acid communism, but I still not sure.

Then again, music isn’t about genres, it’s about emotions.

The way Jordan blends genres and influences on this EP, feels so smooth and plain. In ‘Spring Has Sprung’ the fast psychotrance-like beat seems to accelerate by the hihats and sound effects Jordan drops. It’s gives an excitingly rushed experience that feels like a strong adrenaline shot. Is this the new incarnation of micro house? I love this track so much. For me, it’s in the same category as the early Luomo work.

The other three tracks are nearly as good. The playfulness and open character is amazing: like Jordan managed to press everything that makes rave culture, and its 1990s ideology, so special in these tracks.

Actually, I think you could categorize this EP as vaporrave, but does it really matter? This is one of the best house (or techno if you want to call it that) I heard in years.

Rush Hour Music · Spring Has Sprung

Introspective Acid by Jordan GCZ is released by Rush Hour.

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Graham Dunning – Reach Into Time

To be honest, Reach Into Time isn’t the best representation of Graham Dunning’s musical catalogue, but it reflects his way of working and his values towards craftsmanship well.

Dunning has released a lot of electronic music on different labels and teaches experimental sound art at the Mary Ward Centre in London. He experiments with sounds, hardware, software, instruments and locations. For instance: the basis for the piece ‘Windchange’ is recorded inside the top of a 100-year-old windmill in Harplinge, Sweden, during a rainstorm and a change in the wind direction. Dunning enhanced the recording and released it earlier this year on Something About Still Trying. The title track is based on a mobile phone recording taken on a coach. Glocken – released last year, but recorded in 2018 – he worked with a turntable and modified records.

Reach Into Time is a collection of live coding performances Dunning did. Instead of using pre-set software, Dunning is coding the music bit by bit on the spot. A wonderful, creative way to stay close to the essence of rave: machine and men merging in one. Failure can be part of the process: one mistyped letter or symbol and the sequence is broken.

Without this background knowledge, Reach Into Time still sounds like a refreshing collection of old school techno, breakbeat and electro, close to the fragile sound of the best years of rave culture. The limitations of the machine are the key here, giving a much more authentic sound than Fruityloops will ever be able to deliver.

The cassette tape comes in a beautifully designed cover. There are still a few left here.

Make sure to check Dunning’s Boiler Room performance in 2016 out. It is magical and a must-watch for everybody into experimental electronic dance music. It’s over here.

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Reach Into Time by Graham Dunning is released by SØVN Records.