Current Value – Partition EP – Terminal
Tim Eliot is back at it again! The Master of dark techy dnb unleashes the power of his Partition EP, the debut release on Terminal, a collaborative project between Methlab, Bad Taste, Eatbrain and Billain! Current Value will make you wonder whether your brain is properly partitioned with this one, as it is nothing short of mind blowing, which is par for the course for this guy!
The EP is constituted of four tracks that each have quite a different feel, yet all go for the julugar, with heavy beats, harsh FM-like digital basslines and extremely dark and cold atmospheres.
The EP begins with its strangest, and most interesting track Bad Data, which is quite the rhythmic experiment, filled to the brim with ever shifting odd rhythms and throbbing basses that seamlessly merge into the percussive chaos! It sometimes sounds almost like the lovechild between Venetian Snares and Mefjus & Emperor’s Disrupted!
We then move on to Balanced Armature, the release’s lightest and most melodic track, a rave-tinged number led by a complex and evolving arrangement of varied synth stabs percolating atop a swing-step beat. I usually don’t really like swing-step tunes and tend to avoid them like the plague, but this one is a straight up killer! Pure fire for the dancefloor and ideal to switch things up whilst alienating the crowd just enough…
We are then treated to a pair of wonderfully dark and equally excellent rollers in the form of Orbital Decay, a darker rolling neurofunk affair and Primary Node, a straight up techstep tour de force. The former starts off with a slightly ravey intro of melodic stabs and an old school breakbeat rhythm, and then descends into pure neurofunk madness with a contorted, noisy, hard-synced bassline. Like in Bad Data, and a lot of his coolest tracks in recent time, CV includes awesome switch up at the end of the main musical phrase to build up the energy even more!
Primary Node keeps the rolling vibes going with a straight forward beat, adorned with the reesiest bassline on the EP and creepy ever-ascending pads in the background that escalate the tension to the breaking point! Somewhere around the halfway mark there is a short breakdown before the drop kicks in again with a sound worthy of the cyberpunk apocalypse!
Another stunning release from Current Value, and the first of hopefully many for the Terminal entity! Going back to the cyberpunk apocalypse analogy, if 2016 were like what cyberpunk literature/movies from the 80’s and early 90’s envisioned it to be, this would definitely be its background music in those dark, murky gothic S&M clubs where hackers take copious amounts of stimulants and save the world from evil mega-corporations!
Purchase it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/partition-ep/1806856
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