Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats.
Mysidian is a fledgling US label with a penchant for electro glazed disco and new wave romance. Following his Wall $treet collaboration with Pierre Klein, Nico Nightingale returns for a solo 12” under his Neud Photo alias, the menacingly titled Dystopix.
And menacing it is.
Not in a blackened noise way or ashen ambience. Instead the New York based producer sharpens his already well honed machine music into wave gilded edges. These aren’t racing tracks, bpms sit around the 115 mark, these beady eyed burners. This is best demonstrated in the rumbling bass, staccato beats and lovelorn lyrics of “Eject.” “Slugz” is a similarly darkened beast, horror movie bars underpinning claps, whereas “Kontact” comes shrouded in an electro murkiness. There are also lighter moments. The EBM reflections of “Syntax,” with its samples and strings, lifts the A-side, with “Callisto,” closing the record, being the brightest track of the EP.
Darker than his last partnership, Dystopix shows the influences of Belgium and greater Europe with its serrated synth stabs and glassy beats. It also exemplifies Nightingale’s continued progression, his willingness to adapt and change and push his sound into new arenas.