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Immortality is Signal Life lynchpin Desto's first outing in over three years. Instead of disappearing, he took the hiatus in the limelight, producing the Finnish album chart topping, yet non-compromising rap album for cult rapper Eevil Stoo, headlining festival season main stages and clubs across Finland. At the same time he has vigorously curated the bi-weekly Signal Life radio show, which works as a an incubating hub for up and coming artists from the brinks of bass-fueled what-do-you-call-it protogenres around the globe. But the Immortality EP sees the re-emergence of the original alias, Desto.
The EP is built around the 160bpm mark founded on the stark aesthetics of footwork paired with Desto's signature pitch-dark brooding melodies. Opener Flames and title track Immortality expand furthest from the footwork realm towards a wider field of electronic music.
Pulse Cathedral, a track that started from a late night session at Jamie Woon's crib in 2013, continues the percussive explosions of footwork with staggering syncopation, and serves as an antithesis for the footwork jungle appropriation of recent years. The fully Chicago drum programming and the apparent lack of jungle breaks (albeit a clear presence of jungle feel) combines the energy of both genres without falling victim to cheap imitations. The abundance of other influences includes the west-coast-meets-early-DMZ vibes of Do I Look Like I Give A Shit and the underground Memphis beats glint on 504 Gateway Timeout.
SGNLF009: Desto - Immortality out on limited vinyl & digital March 3rd 2017. Distributed by Cargo UK.