Max Cooper's debut album Human covers a lot of sonic ground.? There's the effortlessly melancholy electronica and euphoric glitch for which he's known, but also walls of dread distortion, multilayered jazz vocals, an entirely abstract opening number Woven Ancestry, and even detours into bass and contemporary house.?
Then there's second single Impacts.? One of the toughest sampler workouts Cooper has produced, it's a stop-start stomper that's had festival crowds asking WTF!?!? for months now, and the album's single purely dancefloor moment.? The peak to which Human builds before its more discursive second half, it's also a very different beast to the first single, the delicate downtempo opener Adrift.?
But despite the harsh, uncompromising sonic contrast - and a track that lurches into focus like a sledgehammer starting a fight with a hi-hat, outside a club - Impacts is, to Cooper's mind, actually something very optimistic.? It's the sound of a person beaten again and again by life, but each time bouncing back and wanting more.
For the remixes, Cooper has gone for two artists with their own take on high-contrast sonics.? Gabe Gurnsey of Factory Floor has folded his band's hypnotic acid tweaking into the original's rasping beats, and Perc has gone balls out with an take-it-or-leave it experimental sub-lead mix for the serious heads and big systems.
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