Eva Weishaupt: Patriot (H.V.R.F. Central Command, 2016)December 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
With H.V.R.F. (Hard Vapour Resistance Front) Central Command, we have yet another netlabel that releases way too much material for anyone to keep track of, unless you only devote your time to listening to one label’s output. I definitely love the idea of Hard Vapour though. Too much vaporwave just seems so jokey and memey and gimmicky and effort-free. HV has much more bite to it, it’s closer to gabber and breakcore and IDM. Dream Catalogue and H.V.R.F. know what the fuck they’re doing. Patriot is my introduction to this label and it’s a total smash. Some of this might’ve been called “braindance” 20 years ago (especially standout “Rex”) but it’s more blown out and aggressive, yet there’s still some more crystalline moments like “Dirigens”. “Minerval” shocks the hell out of some sugary rave chords, but it seems more earnest than some sort of ironic PC Music thing. “Areopagite” is closer to footwork, and it straight up smacks your face. Best debut release of the year? If not the best, maybe the hardest. Free download on Bandcamp.