Walthamstow collaborative powerhouses Rocketnumbernine had been menacing the recording of further involvement with mentor of sorts Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, for a fair old while, though it took until last night for anything audible to come of such good vibrations. TEXT023, recorded by Floating Points in the Eglo Records man’s very own studio, is in fact their first allied effort since Hebden took a devilish tinker with Ben and Tom Page’s already resplendently broody Matthew and Toby for TEXT008, though this one’s that little bit more special. Dropped toward the tail end of Kieran’s latest Rinse FM podcast, where compromise is often the inescapable inevitability in these sorts of scenarios, the track illustrates a fruitful collaboration in that most pure, simple and refined sense, as it unmistakably evokes the creative outpours of its two constituents whilst simultaneously sounding like something altogether innovative and, more pertinently, reactive. The lapping, rimmed jazz cymbals of Tom Page; those acute analog modulations of his sibling and longstanding counterpart Ben; and the elate blippery of latter-day Four Tet recordings (à la There Is Love In You) here combine to searing effect as distant wafts of primordial beat meet with intense electronica. It’s the most natural amalgamation of the organic with the electronic, and makes for the most beguiling of pairings. A thoroughly involving recording in every respect.
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