Friday, November 02, 2007

Boxcutter "Glyphic"

Artist: Boxcutter
Album: Glyphic
Label: Planet Mu
Release date: 29 October 2007
Genre: Electronic
Style: Dubstep/Acid

01. Glyphic
02. Windfall
03. Bug Octet
04. Rusty Break
05. J Dub
06. Chiral
07. Kaleid
08. Bloscid
09. Foxy
10. Lunal
11. Fieldtrip
Total running time: 55' 52"

[Boxcutter - Open MySpace Standalone Music Player]

"To our mind Boxcutter has always worked at the more interesting end of dubstep, on the one hand we have the nu-rave jump up rubbish that seems be delivered each week in inexhaustible amounts, while on the other hand we have a handful of acts that seem to thrive on confounding expectations rather than fitting into a mould. Boxcutter is one such artist and his second album 'Glyphic' is a testament to this, containing a cross-generic spread of tracks you'd never expect to hear from most producers on the scene. Of course there are likely to be those who moan at Boxcutter's lack of purist ideals, but what do they know? Here we've got rumbling bass one minute and an analogue synth freak-out the next, with a bit of two step and jungle thrown in there for good measure. Boxcutter (Barry to his mates) is someone who isn't afraid to think outside the box when it comes to lapping up his listening material, and with a genuine passion for electronica, dub, jazz and, well, pretty much everything in-between I suppose we were always going to end up with quite an odd album. The fact that we kick off with something quite so unusual as the title track 'Glyphic' - an eight minute exploration into free jazz sax and deep, deep bass - only puts paid to these suggestions. Elsewhere we get the purist dubstep of 'Bug Octet', the breaks-heavy 'Rusty Break' and the crackling roots of 'J Dub', but for me the surprise highlight comes on the second half of the album which sees Boxcutter tackling squelchy analogue electronica. On 'Bloscid' we see the producer taking influence from Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert as he lets the drum machine cycle and the synthesizers blurt out hooky basslines and detuned lead, a style that pops back on 'Lunal' and for my money he's taking on the big producers and coming out on top. 'Glyphic' is a great dubstep album that manages to kick the spotty arse off a genre and shows the world that there's more to life than a rave sample and a comedy bass line. Let's hope he gets the credit he deserves." [source]



Zitoun said...

Hey man you got a really nice spot here. I mean, good looking, but above all really nice sound !!
Thanks for Auterche retrospective, Pedro, Prefuse, Pantha... My advices : Subtle, Gudrun Gut, Isolee, Pole... But they may be somewhere already ;)

Link is dead, by the way, so if you have time to fix that... that'd be great. :)
And I also enjoy the fact that you don't use rapidshare that much...

Really nice space !

Sonic Process said...

Thank you for the kind words. Subtle, Isolée and Pole, you can find some stuff here. As for Gudrun Gut, I've never heard of her, but if she's been in Einstürzende Neubauten I'll certainly will get to know her!

The link is up again. I try to use multiple links as much as possible, because I know that many people don't like some particular file hosters (specially RapidShare and MegaUpload), but sometimes one has to do with the leftovers, so to speak... :p

Anonymous said...

Hey that's a nice touch putting the myspace player pop-up for sampling the artist!

Good selection of tunes too!