S>>D :: Co Intel Pro (Central Processing Unit)

Co In Pro is easily primed for the top shelves of listeners interested in definitive electronics with punctuated rhythm bursts. Both movement-based and armchair ready, Co Intel Pro is a fantastic (debut) album that crosses genre confines and maintains its futuristic, robotic, soundtrack-laden, and contagious trajectory.

Consistently on the forefront of experimental electronic music, Sheffield-based Central Processing Unit continue to balance themselves on the leading musical edges. It’s no surprise to see S>>D (aka Sean Dorris) debut with a powerful album. Co Intel Pro displays refined and well-executed mechanical electro, IDM, hip-hop, breaks and subdued ambient tentacles.

“Silver Shamrock Intermission” could have easily been pulled from Stranger Things—a synthesized medley that bubbles across the landscape with foggy tones, distant voices, and a mysterious backdrop. “Airlock,” a personal favorite, recalls to mind IDM’s highlight years—labels like Skam, M-Tronic, and Raster-Noton come to mind. And this is where S>>D shines, his use of gritty, post-industrial fibers (as evidenced on “Airlock”) reveal the artists’ skillset as staccato beats loop around a moody melodic drone. The clinical yet fluid delivery of each track results in sublime pulses of light and dark to flicker about. The organized clicks and bass-infused electro (ie. “Nightgaunts” and “Cell Intruder”) hark back to a time window that Gescom, Bitstream, and Quinoline Yellow once inhabited. “Fragment of Fear” delivers along similar lines, its roughened blips and bleeps surround skittering charcoal beats and distilled vocal samples. Calming the percussive jolts slightly, S>>D tapers it all down with the brief, 1-minute “After Burner”—an atmospheric ambient plateau. “Kill Screen” packs an electro punch where softened pitter-patter beats and curious harmonic veils dribble with vintage modular echoes. S>>D also has a propensity for disturbed vocal blurbs to infiltrate his tracks—”Habu” delivers on this signature move where broken drums weave about in a chaotic frenzy.

Co In Pro is easily primed for the top shelves of listeners interested in definitive electronics with punctuated rhythm bursts. Both movement-based and armchair ready, Co Intel Pro is a fantastic (debut) album that crosses genre confines and maintains its futuristic, robotic, soundtrack-laden, and contagious trajectory.

Co Intel Pro is available on Central Processing Unit.

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