Monday, 7 June 2010
RECOMMENDED: A Made Up Sound - Alarm/Crisis [AMUS]/Basic Soul Unit Remixes [Creme Organization]
As much as his output as 2562 is exciting and intriguing in equal measure, Dave Huismans’ house and techno inspired music as A Made Up Sound manages to retain a sheer visceral thrill that just pips his other material to the post. Last year’s incredible 'Rework'/'Closer' EP is still on heavy rotation round these parts, the lead track’s lurching parabolic motion somehow even more exciting now than when it first emerged, and its follow up 'Sun Touch showcased a suitably deeper and more experimental bent. This month sees two new releases from the man like AMUS: a new pair of original tracks for his own label, and a pair of razor sharp remixes of Basic Soul Unit’s ‘Jack’d Freq’.
Huismans’ take on Basic Soul Unit is a little reminiscent of the awkward, peak-time power of his DJ sets; his ‘Puur Natuur’ remix rides off a gloriously bizarre, broken beat which maintains a relentless momentum despite its minimalist structure. Over the top he strafes the track with jagged barbs of synth, culminating in a slow peak and gradual dissociation. The ‘Acid Bonus’ mix on the flip fills in the gaps, pushing the A-side’s more considered shapes into overdriven techno territory. ‘Acid Bonus’ is about as terrifyingly apt a description as you could get as well, the track’s central motif a bracing wall of abrasive squiggle that takes the prettier melody of ‘Love In Outer Space’ and feeds it through a retro-futuristic blender.
His latest for his own AMUS label, the 'Alarm'/'Crisis' 12”, acts as a real contrast to the less straightforward ‘Jack’d Freq’ remixes: both tracks are among the most direct he’s put out. ‘Alarm’ retains their acid-tinted feel, but sets it over a heavy percussive jack, but ‘Crisis’ is the real gem here. It’s probably the thickest and most heady groove his A Made Up Sound music has ever managed to lock into, powered by steamroller bottom-end and his characteristic offbeat hi-hat figures. The overall result is sheer, brainmelting peak-time techno, but delivered in Huismans’ distinctive style it’s somehow both deliciously subtle and utterly brainless at once. Once again, he’s less leading the pack than forming a kind of vanguard, entering unknown and exciting territory long before anyone else even dares to follow.
Words: Rory Gibb