INPUT | patten (DJ/re-edit), Huerco S., Gobby

2011′s fractured and tripped out full length ‘GLAQJO XACCSSO’ was highly praised across experimental avant circles, identifying patten as a unique voice from an intersection between a number of London’s underground scenes.
Since then, converse to expectation, no further recorded work has been heard from patten, concentrating instead on playing live and producing a handful of highly distinctive, idiosyncratic remixes. Known for developing new trajectories for recordings in the live environment, it seems that the past two years have been fruitful, seeing his ever-complex sound morph and splinter further with every performance.
Just announced as signed to seminal UK label Warp records, he will be performing both DJ/re-edit sets and live AV shows worldwide soon.

Brian Leeds produces electronic music under the name Huerco S. His debut album for Software is titled Colonial Patterns. On Colonial Patterns, Leeds treats his Kansas City region as a universe worthy of its own electronic music.

To that end, Leeds deconstructs Midwestern techno and house tropes. The pieces are corrugated, rough, and decompositional. Working cheaply, Leeds conscientiously uses low-end software, synths and cassettes so as to subvert the gloss of so much urban dance music, giving tracks an impressionistic, emotive feel. The result is uniquely Midwestern: there is an expansiveness to each piece that suits the open space and the storied past of its inhabitants.

A native of Eastern Kansas, Brian Leeds first turned to music and visual art as a teenager. He attended the University of Kansas where he studied installation art and ceramics before leaving school to focus exclusively on sound design and music production. Recent releases include "No Jack," off the EP for Wicked Bass, and the twenty-minute synth exploration "Untitled" which Leeds cut in collaboration with Exael for Software's favorite Opal Tapes.

Colonial Patterns shares Jon Hassell's hybridized experiments in percussive ambience, as well as William Basinski's strobing melancholia. When tracks subtly veer into house/techno territories, they mirror the no frills dance mechanics of Midwest figureheads Ron Hardy, Omar S and Theo Parrish.

Non-musical influences are architect Paolo Soleri, known for the concept of "Arcology" (a fusion of architecture and ecology), as well as the ancient Native American mound city of Cahokia. The site of Cahokia in Illinois marks prior Native American societies whose existence was derailed by the colonialist revelation of the so-called New World. Colonial Patterns plays with the idea of the "New World" by ruralizing its historically urban music, and by stripping techno and house of glitzy fanfare.

Most exemplary of this sonic architecture is opener "Struck With Deer Lungs" and closer "Angel (Phase)." Both layer subtle rhythmic pulses with broader strokes of deep sustain, creating a pair of intro/outro signals that shape the album's whole sequence and function as main supports to the album's busier core. Bass heavy, Detroit techno leaning "'linzhiid" and "Quiviria" deliver foreboding standouts with snappy economy.

Stripped of pop devices, discarding utopian delusions, Colonial Patterns is electronic music for the open prairie. Inherently inhabitable, yet strangely dispeopled, it's a fitting universe for this otherworldly debut.

Gobby depends on his music to ward off irritability and paranoia. What matters isn't the genre, or tools, but the time spent problem solving in solitude. Right now Gobby's focused on dark techno, but his influence is always shifting. He is consistently at work in Harlem as beat maker & producer, currently tracking with artists like Mykki Blanco (see "Betty Rubble"), Jamie Krasner, Le1f, and Cadence Weapon. His live set consists of an SP-404 and his drums, which he has been playing for 11 years. His equally deep catalog, is archived through a timeless YouTube channel & broken Megaupload links.
His signing and first EP on UNO is the result of his new Detroit/Berghain phase, however pre ('08-'12) and post ('12-??) productions are set to surface in the near future. Trying to define Gobby is besides the point – you only introduce him and we are unreservedly proud to do so. Gobby would like only to thank you kindly for listening and is grateful for any or all support.

$10.00 - $15.00


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