False (aka Matthew Dear) makes a welcome return to the fold as Minus starts turning up the heat, ready for another scorching summer on the dancefloor. After his recent hi octane adventures as Audion, Dear effortlessly shifts down a gear to negotiate the deeper, darker, minimal terrain of Fed on Youth and Face the Rain. As with his previous outings on Plus 8 and Minus, he presses all the right buttons through a combination of expertly crafted beats, state of the art sounds and a masterful use of reverbs and delays.
Keeping Fed on Youth stripped of all but the most essential ingredients, Dear instinctively gives the listener exactly what they want to hear, when they want to hear it. Nestled between the beats, a distant metallic pulse signals the arrival of something dark and ominous as the track slowly gathers momentum and before you know it, the break down reveals the malevolent beast that lurks at its heart. Based around a gravity defying single note pattern, it's likely to cause a momentary lapse of reason in even the most hardened clubbers.
Face the Rain starts off with a wash of background white noise held down by a metronomic kick drum. The lazy groove carries the track forward, constantly threatening to unravel under the influence of a sporadic bassline but the slow emergence of a lush, hypnotic bell sequence and the accompanying hi hat pattern help keep its balance. It's a dense, multi-layered piece of music full of subtle movement and peripheral percussion that fits perfectly to those laid back, reflective parts of the night.
Just like an origami master constructs the most elaborate creatures from a humble sheet of paper, Matthew Dear manages to twist, fold and tear his sounds until they flower into breathtaking structures. His dense mosaics may cloak the dancefloor in darkness but there is also serenity to be found at the core for those who prefer to let the mind wander while their feet do the work.
There's nothing false here people. This is the real deal.