Here's something that should excite all those of an experimental persuasion: a recording of an obscure, 1973 "graphical" score for modular synthesizers recorded last summer by an ensemble cast that included Junior Boys man Jeremy Greenspan, Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, Simian Mobile Disco's James Shaw, and various members of the Floating Points and Caribou touring bands. We won't go into the arty premise behind Tactus Tempus, other than the fact that each musician - armed with a modular synth or other electronic music-making gadget - follows a different graphical score with mesmerizing and occasionally discordant results. The A-side "Tonal" version is a little more musical, with the flipside "Noises & Impulses" version resembling a thrillingly cacophonous collection of whizzes, bangs, and intergalactic pops
Aside from clearly having a way with ambient drones, the mysterious producer known as Alexandre Navarro is also kind of a nifty entrepreneur. The artist has set up three imprints since his debut into the scene back in 2004; the EKO Netlabel, SEM Label and DISQ AN are all a product of his hard work, so it's no wonder that he was called up to Pheek's Archipel imprint for a new album. It would be reductive to call Anti-Matiere an ambient album, however. The LP is full of many different colours and shades, and even its most deconstructed moments are full of zest and kinetic flow. The opening "Phosphorous" is a good example of this, a gentle swarm of drones guided by subtle rhythmic infusions, and the same goes for other tunes like "Amazone" or "Contempie", two magnificent escapades into the deepest corners of the ether. In short, one could almost class this sublime piece of work as an ambient work for people who are easily bored from the genre. It';s for those with a certain kind of vision of drone that this will appeal to.