Completing his third instalement for Planet Mu in a year, Aaron Funk unleashes yet another dimension to his eccentric musical persona with Winter In The Belly Of A Snake. Not that his devoted fan based will complain to be showered with new music so often, as the interest progressively shifts from a slow-moving and not-so-pioneering Aphex Twin to his bastard son Venetian Snare. With a series of albums denoting good sense of humour and complete commercial insanity,
Vaguely upsetting toronto electronica
Reviewed by John Mulvey (UNCUT)
Drill'n'bass practitioner Aaron Funk has made a pretty convincing case for himself as the successor to Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and µ-Ziq. Not just through his juxtaposition of groggy melodies and frantic beats but through his pathological productivity. On his third LP of 2002, Funk continues to mix the usual cataclysmic workouts with crypto-classical passages, mumbled vocals and a cover of The Misfits' "She", on which he sounds like Nick Cave. it's pleasingly hard to tell when he's being playful or merely psychotic.
Reviewed by Quentin Hewlett (The Silhouette)
Releasing three full-lengths over the past year alone, Aaron Funk has proven himself a gifted and prolific musician. His music is the evolution of drill and bass. While intimidating to the uninitiated, the beauty and fragility of Winter ensure the repeated listens which truly illuminate this music. One gets a sense of the typography in which he locates beats surfaces, and passages of narrative composition. We quietly fall with "Stairs Song", a melodic trope repeated
after an impressive number of releases this year, I have been wondering if venetian snares has reached the top, effectively stopping his musical evolution. indeed, with a large number of tracks that deviated from his original style and seemed flat and uninspired, one had the right to wonder.
I am very much pleased to discover that there is still a lot of room to grow - aaron funk chooses to further explore his trademark broken beat sound, adding more
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