Max Cooper and Tom Hodge: Artefact EP (Fields Records, 2015)

March 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Max Cooper and Tom Hodge: Artefact EP

Max Cooper and Tom Hodge: Artefact EP

Max Cooper has been putting out minimal/tech-house 12″s for years on labels like Traum Schallplatten, but his recent work, particularly on the Fields label, has been showing a much different, more expansive side of his music. Similar to Jon Hopkins, the tracks on this EP step away from strictly 4/4 club tracks and towards glitchy IDM sound design and cinematic orchestral arrangements. “Remnants” has ever-shifting clicky beats and echo-shrouded pianos. “Teotihuacan Part 2” is straight-up classical, with sparse pianos and strings. “Resonant Expanse” is a 9-minute epic and the closest to straightforward dance music here, with a galloping beat and distorted, decaying synths that sound more than anything like a slightly less abrasive version of Autechre’s “Outpt”. The beats eventually settle into 4/4 for a bit during the last few minutes before letting go and letting the music drift away. Really impressive.

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