dudley strangeways & michael mclardy joshua calling EP lb010
Release date: 31st July 2016
The tenth release of the Nottingham based, vinyl only Leftback calls upon the talent of the two label co-founders delivering four intimate and personal works culminating in a lucid, yet non-linear and highly evocative record.
Dudley Strangeways opening track Hallam' showcases acute sounds full of colour which introduce themselves along it's steady tempo. Once leaving these territories, Strangeways makes his way to a more nocturnal perspective with What's Wrong', shaped with metallic unceasing tones filled with dense, repetitive beats that replicate the sounds of machines, gears and obsessive patterns.
McLardy's tracks begin with the intricate rhythmic patterns of Uno' (one, the unity, the absolute), a mosaic that originates from a web of synth basslines alternating between simpler designs and complex inputs from beginning to end. Accessible without being conventional, this work reflects the Nottingham artist ability to slowly build up a sequence of convoluted trajectories.
Prana' awakens a different world of perceptions and can be seen as a stand-alone work juxtaposed with the rest of the EP, the track develops across a calmer, slower bassline in stark comparison to the tempo of the other three tracks on the release. McLardy creates a dialogue between the incorporeal painting in the background and the fragmented, broken and divided beats that push the listener across the length of the track.