Album Review: Boxcutter / ‘The Dissolve’ (Planet Mu)
Reviewed by Matt Oliver Source: (Big Shot)
Given Boxcutter’s definitive savagery of Oneiric, Barry Lynn’s adoption of an electro-funk posture requires patience if you’ve heard the name and think you have a handle on him. Not because it’s poorly produced or disconcertingly relaxed — if you’re expecting a slick, star-dusted record for the lounge, not only are you a psychic/liar, but you’re in for a good time — but a downsizing from dubstep demon-beating to plush disco-brushed coolness makes his debut 2006 album seem like an eternity ago. A lobotomy of maturity and knowledge can be the only feasible explanation.
“Cold War” gets to shake the walls and wheel up the big guns, dubstep with a angle and computerized feeds running rampant, after a preliminary spell of Boxcutter making himself as comfortable as possible. It’s an escape from Lynn keeping his cool; the Northern Irelander is in no rush as he continues to pamper ears rather than leaving them begging for plugs. Dedicating the second half of The Dissolve to future garage, “Moon Pupils” and the Kab Driver collabo “Little Smoke” do bumping two-step buckshots, and the first-rate “Factory Setting” lurches towards fuming 4×4. Lynn kicks on having warmed up thoroughly and stays stylish to the last.
- 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