Audion – Alpha LP
Matthew Dear’s Audion project stands proudly at the intersection between art and hedonism, realised over a decade long dedication to powerful and relevant dance music. Growing out of the vibrant DIY Detroit underground,Audion and his contemporaries were free to feed off the energy reverberating from UK and European dancefloors, but singular in their desire to create their own sound and spirit. An Audion release is techno in it’s purest sense – whether it’s pushing the bombastic limits, spinning the dancefloor out of control or elegantly toying with just a few sonic elements.
‘Alpha’ is Audion’s first artist album in 10 years and comes at the end of a period of fevered activity. The collective body of work standing as a marker in time and a defining moment in the life of the artist. Drowning out the noise of the outside world,‘Alpha’ was a puzzle pieced together sonically in the shadows and wildly brought to life in a matter of weeks.The artwork for ‘Alpha’ has again been realised by Will Calcutt, Dear’s long time collaborator, who has a visual plan for the music that matches the sonic vision, completing the final critical piece of the puzzle.
‘Alpha’ is a fully coherent album of pulverising metallic synths, machine driven 4/4 drums, unforgettable hooks and a masters touch elegantly mixing the brash and sophisticated. Opening with the hypnotic ‘Dem’,‘There was a button’ marks out it’s territory of dark acid emulations and ‘Gut Man Cometh’ toys with eerie vocal distortions and playful psychedelics.The energy increases with ‘Traanc’ but still retains a melancholic air, space is explored in ‘Celestial Antibody’ leading in to the mind bending ‘Destroyer’ with it’s tenacious bass and distorted synth for a full bodied floor filler that’s typical of Audion’s sonically serrated side.The chirpy ‘Suppa’ plays into the infectiously beefy ‘Napkin’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ bubbles and twists playfully around the ear. ‘Sucker’ is a straight up melodic dancefloor jam while ‘Timewarp’ builds with relentless layers of sophisticated percussion, chimes and distortion. Moving to the closers,‘Zunk Synth’ displays the power created by Dears light touch, leaving the pulsing, spacey, mind bend of ‘Sicko’ to close out this visceral ode to the vibrancy of our global dance culture.
Stream ‘Destroyer’ in full via Boiler Room below. Listen to his recent Essential Mix, during which he highlights songs that have inspired the Audion sound here.
Out on June 10th on !K7 Records.
02_A2 There Was A Button
03_A3 Gut Man Commeth
05_B2 Celestial Antibody
09_C2 Bob The Builder
12_D2 Zunk Synth