Cocktail Party Effect


Having made initial waves on Cold Recordings and Osiris, Eric Baldwin returns now to Tectonic to release his eponymous album Cocktail Party Effect, bringing his South London roots to Berlin for an all-weekender, under strobe lights. Drawn by his appetite for powerful rhythmical forms and inspired by the likes of Daphne Oram, The Residents, and Captain Beefheart -- Eric takes uses background in sound design, knowledge of hacking VST software and adapted spring reverbs and other hardware, to create a truly unique vision of contemporary electronic music. It sits somewhere between Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin, and Squarepusher -- held together by a connective UK bass music spinal cord. A weird but intriguing beast. The album opens with a track of Japanese cocktail recipes, before moving into the only vocal track of the album, "Talking To Bricks" featuring Bristol vocalist Redders on fine form -- charged with disjointed energy and run ragged across a technologically charged dancehall style beat. The album progresses through the rolling breaks and bleeps of "For The Memory Exchange", into an IDM side-step in the shape of "Brutalism", moving into the gentle, beautiful flickering glitches of "PDA", before the hyperactive twitching alien charge of "War On Codex". Taking a leap in another direction, you reach "Cause For Bad Shelving", which sounds a bit like Squarepusher when he was on late '90s, immaculate form -- taking the tempo up a few notches, while building melancholy. "Lack Of Wrong Format" then gives you a moment to breathe, before diving into "Deerhorn" which brings us right back to the dancefloor. Things are then turned inside out with the jittery wonder of "I Get It (Lost Banknote)", redirected via the industrial clangs of "Low_Rise", before rounding off our sonic adventure with the ponderous tones of "Loner" -- which leave you glowing and drifting off into space. A bold album that's just brim with a strong sense of originality, direction, and grand narrative. From international dancefloors to post-clubbing ear-worms, Cocktail Party Effect is just getting started and you'll be hearing his name more and more now.