I also love music that speaks its own mind. Not caring too much about the sensitivities of trends or the front cover of shiny magazines. This ticks a hundred boxes for me with its collaboration between DJ/ Producer Jay Duncan and saxophonist Ben Vince charting uneasy, unnerving territory via a defiant whir of electrifying, electrical impulse. Add to that a sense of danger as drums ebb and flow, sounds collide and rhythms fire-up pulsing supremely. All of which feels free-form to the point of creating the ultimate, expressive potential on the title track, In Limbo. Hats off to Phantasy Sound for releasing forward-thinking music of such calibre too.
And then we come to Ricardo Villalobos who feels particularity apt to interrupt the abstract nature of it all. Charting some fourteen minutes of analogue infused character there is an almost Classical sense of direction in the way the music has been constructed, more about the architecture of change and movement than safety in numbers as sections of sounds introduce themselves and then dissipate, reappearing at will. Deeply sensual just like it is resolutely soulful, much as anything else deserving of that point of reference the music seeks to satisfy more than mere historical impulse to remain important, energised and evangelical.
Second track, Anti-Purgatorio has a fizzy, dazzling array of beats and machine fuelled percussion to also satisfy the need this time flexing more muscular grooves, though no less innovative and impactful. Let’s hope there is an album to follow…(PS. sterling Artwork by Patrick Savile).