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 while strained textures suggest decay, while the highs in "Gottrahmen" and the bass in "Suffocate" sigh in melancholy.
Funk knows the eroticism of his subject, as proven by his exquisitely controlled dsp abuse-harsh indeed, but also polite. Melodies and beats are frequently sentimental and sometimes a bit too obvious to be truly experimental. There's even some lyric work as the opener "Dad" is beautifully tragic pop. Snares's abrasively succinct and complex programming throughout the album demonstrates that there is an interesting and accessible ghost in this machine.
- Darqwan - M/a...ximum Reespek
- iTAL tEK - Blood Line
- Ceephax - Megalift E.P.
- The Doubtful Guest - Electrobotz
- Milanese - Extend
- Pinch - Punisher
- Mary Anne Hobbs - Warrior Dubz
- Tim Exile - Tim Exile's Nuisance Gabbaret Lounge
- Venetian Snares - Cavalcade Of Glee And Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom Poms
- Boxcutter - Oneiric
- Boxcutter - Tauhid
- Uniform - Protocol
- Shitmat & Friends - Gary's Gruesome Remixes
- Guilty Connector - Beats, Noise & Life
- The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble
- Venetian Snares - Hospitality
- The Gasman - This One's For You
- Breakage - Drowning
- Equinox - Acid Rain V.I.P.
- Pinch - Qawwali
- Virus Syndicate - Ready To Learn
- Virus Syndicate - Ready To Learn Remix
- Vex'd - Bombardment Of Saturn
- µ-Ziq - Ease Up