Kurt Y. Gödel :: Axiomatic System (YUYAY)

There’s been a gradual return to braindance. Labels like 030303, Analogical Force and Occult Research have reignited the torch bore by Rephlex. With this, a brigade of musicians have taken up the cause. Kurt Y. Gödel is part of that new blood, reworking those well-honed tools and adding his own stamp.

In a strange twist, Kurt Y. Gödel didn’t actually feature on his debut 12”. True, the core material of Chord Memory was by the YUYAY machinist but it was a quintet of remixers who offered the music. Gödel’s vinyl silence has been well and truly broken with an LP of his 2015 digital release Axiomatic System.

Eight tracks have been cherrypicked from the original ten for album that blends braindance fervor with an electro coolness. “Oblivious Traveller (Leaving Home)” fidgets into being, squeaky 303 coils bending and flexing, before a lush warmth unveils itself. This playful quality permeates much of the collection, surfacing again and again as in the thick bass and slender synths of “Accumulator” or the meandering grooves of “Sunrise Faders.” Other tracks paint Gödel as the new 303 kid on the block. “57 Square Acid” squelches on squirms on a knife edge, waltzing on molten melodies with cheeky grin. “Tape Rider” ups the acid ante. Broad bars bend and buckle as pressure is liberally applied through broken beats and clawing distortion. “Chord Memory” is the black sheep on the album. Amidst the silver box noodling sits a work of darkened electro. Keys, beats and vocals are cast in shadow for a piece of hardened machine funk. “Rand (45)” shows another side of this little known artist. Autumnal and ambient, liquid notes resonate and ripple to the close.

There’s been a gradual return to braindance. Labels like 030303, Analogical Force and Occult Research have reignited the torch bore by Rephlex. With this, a brigade of musicians have taken up the cause. Kurt Y. Gödel is part of that new blood, reworking those well-honed tools and adding his own stamp. Axiomatic System is a cracking example of the sound and style, a release that will hopefully mean more wax from this very able artist.

Axiomatic System is available on YUYAY.

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