Horse Category closes out its first year with the third Phonopsia release, Peaks and Troughs. The EP presents four tracks that cover different sides of analogue and digital synth exploration. It’s a further expression of his off kilter approach to making dance floor oddities, which completes a set of three releases that publish works from the last 19 years for the first time. “Peaks and Troughs” has a core of tracks from 2006-2010, with one track made entirely in 2021.
First on the A side, Prepaternal (Paternal Revision) locks itself in over a solid, heads down groove, guided with an eerie melodic hook and cutting, metallic synths. Secrets of the Pedal Bone is more syncopated, but still drives forward playing along with its wiggy acid and synth parts.
Over on side B, Ooze wavetables dominate the palette of this melodically-driven slow techno jam where complex structures twist along with tech beats on this late morning dancefloor head twister. The EP rounds out with Figuring Out This Damn Jet Pack, a four-four track which is set all the way to jack.
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