Catapulted into 2017 as one of Sasha's artists to watch this year, rising hardware-fiend and technoid groove sculptor Jody Barr isn't missing a beat. Fresh from launching his own Portable Minds imprint and with past excursions on Krankbrother and Nofitstate, Wales' Barr now makes his debut on James Zabiela's Born Electric with 'Teriyaki Donut'
A wry nod to Tarantino and filled with as many twists, the title track more than lives up to its name; What ignites as an unadorned-but-thumping acid track gradually morphs into a psychedelic hinterland of soaring sonics and sense-blurring textures.
Don't stop at the donuts as there's plenty more to feast on: 'Late Night Swimmer' is an unhurried, much more introspective trip. Jody begins with a reduction before shrouding us with elements that counter and balance between sinewy acid and swooping strings to evocative effect.
'Crushing My Smokes' concludes business on a much sterner, stark note. Ominous in tone, steady in build and twisted in pay-off; everything is about the tension and full thrust release that doesn't hit until way past the halfway mark. Reminiscent of early Shed but with his own precision elements and signature, its metallic, space-bound aesthetic complements the sharper acid twangs of the EP.
We told you he isn't missing a beat. Expect plenty more plot twists from the Portable Mind very soon...