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  • Release Date 2012-11-12
  • Label Hypercolour
  • Catalog HYPE28
Following a superbly received 12" for sister-imprint, Glass Table, Tom Demac delivers yetanother standout release for Hypercolour entitled 'Critical Distance'. For those unfamiliar with Demac's work or the man himself, the Dave Grohl looking bastard has an almost unhealthy obsession with avoiding sounding like anyone else. Bored of generic sounds and tracks that lack bite, his productions increasingly sidestep cliches and tread riskier paths - often perverting house and techno frames with a myriad of sounds deftly lifted from other facets of electronic music and beyond. Drum & Bass is the immediate influence on 'Critical Distance' - a steady paced, hugely bottom heavy affair that unfolds from ponderous, shaking beats and fever-dream atmospherics into an all out, DJ Trace styled slice of incredibly moody house. Hearing this sort of bass at this sort of tempo is unnerving enough, but Demac ups the ante with a series of searing vocals that create a creepy, uncomfortable tension throughout - the effect of which on a dance floor is a sight to behold. Hrdvsion, an interesting choice considering his forays into D&B/techno hybrids alongside his brother Matthew Jonson, is drafted in for the remix of 'Critical Distance' and shows off a mesmerising display of restraint. Just adding live drum sounds and squeezing the most out of Demac's distinctive, guttural bass, the Canadian producer gives us a similarly moody, similarly effective slice of controlled aggression that burns slowly but very brightly. Whether you prefer to view this 12" as an exercise in genre-crosspolination or see it as an essential 12" of trippy bangers is up to you as it's both, as well as being another stunner from Hypercolour's seemingly endless cache of talent.
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