Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Poverty (Disfold, 2023)

April 15, 2023 at 2:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: Poverty

Have to be honest, I wasn’t really feeling the last few Jefre Cantu-Ledesma releases I heard, but I am totally back on board with his newest one. Another total shift from anything else he’s done, this one is closer to deconstructed club or IDM with his signature noise wash smeared all over it. Some real aquatic journeying here, especially on “Circles”, but at the same time it feels like swift currents of liquid metal, or possibly even magma at some points. He has an amazing way of making music that grinds up harshness and light while it’s moving fluidly, whether or not it contains anything resembling beats. “Non-person” just completely decimates beats into mulch and can’t be followed by any logical time signature, but I’m following down its path wherever it’s heading. I’m hoping he does more stuff in this sort of fragmented electronic direction because this has the power to be another game changer.


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