Vancouver's 1080p goes from strength to strength in its pursuit of the most subterranean styles of electronic music. There's just something about the Pacific North West at the moment! The mysterious Umfang serves up a diverse array of moods, grooves and textures that have us impressed. The spacey deep house of "Beta Librae" and "Quickly and Softly" are similar to Terreke while there's some reductionist, early noughties style minimal house in the form of "Vast" and "Six". Tracks like "Shant" and "Cygnus" delve into more freeform territory but still keep things ultra deep and floaty. Highly recommended.
Umfang's spellbinding performances have clearly won favour with Ninja Tune sub-label Technicolour as Light is based on material derived from her live sets. The US producer weaves a tantalising, hypnotic web of sound that veers in form and intensity from the ambient textures of "Full 1" and "Path" into the tough, minimal techno of "Weight" and "Where is She". "Pop" sees her drop a robotic, bleep workout, but Umfang impresses most when she embraces musicality. In particular, the woozy Rhodes on "Full 2" is a thing of inestimable beauty and she applies this aesthetic to great effect on the title track's bubbling groove.
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