While we may as yet be caught up in a tidal maelstrom of perennially hyphenated post-whatever, occasionally something good comes of it and although not exactly the most contemporary of reference points, there is a palpable sense of London-based electro-noir producer Post-Ape having indulged in a fair amount of Depeche Mode outpour in his time. But mercifully we’re talking decent Depeche Mode, and not the stuff of Delta Machine here as début cut Limbs in the Dark injects pelvic thrust into rejuvenated ’80s bloops and nuanced nowaday bleeps. “I am being ripped apart/ Losing limbs in the dark” his inscrutable character keens in a tone best denoted for its deadpan surrealism, for this allegorical dismemberment vividly recalls the burgeoning promise of East India Youth in that its author treats the heartbreaking with a jocular timbre underpinned by menacing synth manipulations and off-kilter imperfections. Thus whilst still raw, there’s a wrenching brilliance to this one once allowed to really let rip.
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