Gordon: Bleu Merle (Infiné, 2015)

May 13, 2015 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Gordon: Bleu Merle

Gordon: Bleu Merle

Gordon used to go by the name Gordon Shumway (after ALF), but several other artists used that name, so now he’s just Gordon, because that’s obviously way less confusing. Regardless, the French DJ has been kind of behind the scenes for a while contributing remixes and compilation tracks here and there. This is his third EP but first for Infiné, and it’s pretty straightforward melodic techno. “Bleu Merle” is pretty calm with a fluttery, insistent synth riff which blossoms and sparkles as the track progresses. “Line 93” has a “Shari Vari”-esque arpeggio, synth pads reminiscent of Coil circa “The Snow”, and a very straightforward 4/4 hi-hat beat. “Gull” is a bit more lush, with a knocking future-garage beat and woozy synth textures. “Fagus” is more straightforward Detroit-y techno, but it’s got Amen breaks crashing away in the background. Bonus track “MK Ultra” is minimal and a bit quizzical, with some mysterious voices chanting and wailing in the background. Can’t really choose a highlight, they’re all decent, and different.

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