Global Goon :: Carbon (Upitup)

Robotic slabs spliced around theremin-styled wobbles and video-game tendencies float to the surface of Carbon and although the album contains a distinctive flow, it’s equal parts acidic groove versus experimental techno tilted on its side.

Global Goon 'Carbon'

[Release page] Global Goon‘s back-story is quite intensive, having (allegedly) spent time in the same flat as Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) in the mid-90’s and releasing on Rephlex, Audio Dregs as well as his own J-HOK imprint, time hasn’t hindered the Goon‘s sense of playful style, rhythm and warped funk. On Upitup‘s latest (free) digital release, Jonathan Taylor is in classic form expelling a (catchy but not derivative) myriad of analog-driven acid as the focus on Carbon, his 11th album. But it’s not all fun and games this time around as these tracks deliver coherent distortion, derailed hip-hop and tinged acid — a balanced foray into electronic musics less traveled path.

Melodies crash against slow-driving breaks as stretched synth washes intermingle above vocodered choruses. While each piece meanders through skewed tweaks’n bleeps, Global Goon keeps an emphasis on manipulated tempo’s which further details the experimental aspects surrounding this themed release. Robotic slabs spliced around theremin-styled waves and video-game tendencies float to the surface of Carbon and although the album contains a distinctive flow, it’s equal parts acidic groove versus experimental techno tilted on its side. A welcomed retreat from the norm.

Carbon is available on Upitup. [Release page] [Direct download]

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