Review: Fresh from offering up an IDM, techno and electronica informed album - the must-check "Realm Of The Void" - James Clements AKA ASC returns to the dancefloor via a two-track missive of deliciously dreamy drum and bass futurism. Side A boasts "Clear Skies", a deep, sunrise-ready roller full of punchy jungle breakbeats, ambient chords, Good Looking Records style picturesque electronics and melodies so warm and positive you might want to take them home to meet your parents. If anything, flipside "Nimbus" is even deeper and dreamier. Clements builds suspense via an elongated ambient intro before introducing snare-heavy early D&B drums, rich bass and some suitably sunrise-ready melodies.
Review: For his first release of 2020 ASC pays homage to mother nature's strongest push-me-pull-you - the "Zenith & Nadir" of the universe... And he does so in the form of a score to a movie that's yet to be made. A smouldering slo-mo analogue weave of synths and drum machines; from the synth-wave subtle triumph of "Anthe" to the unnerving, skin-rippling intro "Cryogenic" to the melancholy finale "The Milankovitch Cycles", he provides the sounds - you create the pictures.
Review: It has been a little less than 12 months since Sam KDC bestowed his 'Omen Rising' album on fans, a record that saw the British producer refocus attention on beats - or at least rhythms. Now he's back for another full-length voyage, with ASC in tow; another UK head (although now based in the US) who, interestingly, first cut his teeth in the driving dnb scene of the late-1990s. The results of their combined efforts are as deep as they are textured, with work such as 'Awakened Senses' offering the kind of noises you'd expect to hear after descending into the abyss. Moody, atmospheric sounds glide past our ears, occasionally catching the proverbial glint of a new note before slowly receding into the unknown. 'Interoception', meanwhile, shimmers its way to the mind's eye via icy, twinkling keys.