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follows releases on Osiris, Tempa, and Cold Recordings with
, his debut album. Gibbons hails from the rural Herefordshire county in England, a world away from the city-born influences that form his sound. Embracing the luxury of isolation,
is compiled from two years of recording, realizing a vision of Gibbon's passion for soundsystem music, rave culture, and technology. A self-confessed tech nerd, Gibbons built the album by experimenting with granular and modular synths, rewiring drum machines, and mangling sounds with hardware. "I like to create music by experimenting with new ideas and mechanics and letting tracks evolve, and this was no different. I had a pretty free reign and just tried new things and looked at the results." Lead track "Regicide" repackages the mid-1990s jungle experience into 140bpm breakbeat science, "IPA" gives a sly nod to the Hereford pub staple with jamming techno synths, and the trinity of "¥," "Ø" (CD only), and "Ü" sandwiches atmospheric ambience between Gibbons's takes on dark 2-step and crushing rave. The restless "Last One In The In The" pays tribute to the all-night dancer -- "It's like that bloke who is there from start to finish, eyeballs popping out of his head, just dancing like a maniac all through the dance (we've all been there). I had an idea for a video for it about him but never got round to it. It'd be like the 'Inspector Norse' video. But in England so gritty and depressing."
demonstrates Gibbons's individual ability to seamlessly fuse sounds, textures, and moods, from jungle to techno and everything in between.
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