Somatic Responses: Explorer // Stayin’ home vol 2 (self-released, 2020)

August 18, 2020 at 7:45 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Somatic Responses: Explorer // Stayin’ home vol 2

Somatic Responses have been taking advantage of the lockdown and social distancing, using the time to work on even more music, and unleash older unreleased material. This is the second Stayin’ Home release, although like the first, it appears to be a Paul Healy solo work. Like much of their recent work, it blends advanced modular synth arrangements with blasted breakbeats, sticking to the drum’n’bass/breakcore mood for much of it, while still having more of a live jam feel than much music in these genres. There’s other directions explored, though, such as the suspenseful signal calls of the aptly titled “B Movie”, the horror electro of “Sanctuary in Chaos”. or the crystalline acid of “Zenith”. But most importantly there’s just a bunch of straight-up slammers like “Cold Overlap” and “Proton Breaks”. And there’s a gorgeous 12-minute ambient track at the end. Don’t know about you, but I definitely have not been this productive and creative during COVID-19.

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