- Release Date 2015-04-13
- Label Tessier-Ashpool Recordings
- Catalog TARND005
"Perils of the Sea", the fifth entry in our Tessier-Ashpool Research & Development series, equally brings to mind the robotic funk of pioneers Afrika Bambaataa, Cybotron, Egyptian Lover or Man Parrish, the deeper incursions of later innovators Anthony Rother, DMX Krew, Dopplereffekt, Drexciya or Radioactive Man, and the titillating booty jams of present-day revivalists Claude VonStroke or Justin Martin. Lossy's outsider approach, however, sets his work apart from mere pastiche – his jazz background shines through in the subdued, meticulous and spacious nature of the tracks, which graciously glide along, propelled through filmic narratives via lush, dynamic, yet club-ready production.
Opener "Morse Cove" seemingly repurposes sonars, and other mechanical miscellanea one might find in a submarine, into an atonal counterpoint of sorts. The sensuous groove of this minimal, electronic fugue elegantly saunters on, pausing only to give way to something we can only describe as "the bit with the clucking". A must-hear for, honestly, anyone alive today.
"Torpedo Junction" is similarly laid-back, if only a smidge more inquisitive – mostly on account of its space-age Doppler flybys, flanged probings and depth-charge bass. A nosy cowbell complements the investigative antics.
"Gunpowder Point" has a fairly innocuous start, before it deftly slides into the EP's most pertinent statement of its noir leanings and detective drama/spy thriller concept. Eerie delayed/reverbed FX create a thick fog of mystery and intrigue, while occasional arp crescendos set the proceedings in the retro-future.
Its companion piece, "Ivory Falls", moves things along, spinning an even more tangled yarn – metallic bellows emerge, gated sequences tense up the jam, and the 808 staunchly patrols the marina.