It’s arduous to imagine it’s been three years since Analog, Misanthrop’s final stunner of an album, the place the German producer taught the largely digitized D&B world a bit one thing concerning the joys of mods. That stated, since everyone knows COVID years don’t rely, it’s actually extra like 18 months. In an interview with UKF, Misanthrop stated that he used the largely show-less COVID time to play much more along with his experimental aspect and, impressed by a few unfinished tracks from Analog, Universe was born from that bizarre pandemic time warp. It’s fairly becoming, actually.
From the album intro “It’s Okay,” that point warp really feel is actual as is the experimental composition, because the beatless observe includes a host of old-timey, classic sounds; both precise previous sound and music loops (you simply know Misanthrop has a stack of these) distorted a bit additional together with precise clock sounds and a wholesome little bit of drone and ambient sound design. It publicizes to the listeners that Universe is not going to be your common drum & bass album, however that’s actually all the time true with Misanthrop.
“Jupiter” follows “It’s Okay” and is without doubt one of the unfinished Analog tracks and has some related synths so it’s a very good tie-in, connecting 2019 to 2022. It’s nonetheless fairly totally different in lots of methods from the sound of Analog, nonetheless, with minimal, tick-tocky drums and a complete chaotic crunchy synth that takes over midway via and form of devours the Analog-era stuff. In the meantime, creepy and ominous classic sound design plagues the intro and breaks, creating nearly a gothic and emotive really feel even whereas the synths are futuristic it’s nearly an excessive amount of. The chaos of the large planet Jupiter offers this observe its namesake and sends the listener via a sonic black gap to this new Universe.
The album doesn’t again down from “Jupiter” when it comes to chaotic organized noise, so listeners higher have gotten their bearings in that black gap. The halftime beat of “Undo” simply means Misanthrop can pack in additional insanity, static and eerie house sounds. Spaghettification, anybody? From there, “Into the Solar” is little bit of reduction with a surprisingly vibey, nearly liquid (did we simply use the time period “liquid” in a Misanthrop evaluate?) and musical tune, which, despite the fact that Misanthrop stated he didn’t write this album for the dancefloor, will doubtless see its justifiable share of play throughout dawn or sundown festie units. This observe halfway via the album is a transparent give up and ties the 2 halves collectively. One most likely must give up in a roundabout way if one was being shot into the solar.
From there the chaos is considerably stymied, with “Jitters” and “Triumph” extra recognizably drum & bass, the gradual techno of “Off Course” bringing some a lot appreciated atmospherics and album nearer “Galaxy” a rolling, Tron-like rebirth of sound after the insanity of the primary half of the album. However there’s one observe from that first half nonetheless looming.
Our YEDM premiere is “Alert,” one other of the unfinished Analog tracks and simply essentially the most recognizable early Misanthrop tie-in on the album. Lashings of “Desert Orgy” and “Intercourse Sells” will make neuro followers glad, though this observe is decidedly not neuro. A little bit of a respite amid all of the experimental chaos of the primary half of Universe, “Alert” is emotive, evocative and intense however doesn’t have all the cruel traces of “Jupiter” or “Undo.” It’s one other stable dance observe amongst all of the experimental work of this album.
Nobody would blame a listener for taking a little bit of time to take heed to Universe; it’s a thinker of an album that’s meant to be thought of as a lot as listened to. It’s nonetheless fairly danceable, nonetheless, with tracks like “Alert” and “Into the Solar” doubtless already being performed on dancefloors and punters questioning attempting to trace ID. Concern not, Misanthrop’s new Universe is sort of right here.
Universe drops this Friday on Misanthrop and Phace’s Neosignal imprint. Click on right here to pre-order or pre-save.