A year on from his memorable collaborative album with Doc Daneeka, Benjamin O’Shea delivers his debut solo LP on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons. ‘Heliosphere’ consists of nine previously unreleased tracks plus the preceding ‘Swarm’ 12”, and it finds the Welshman departing even further from his garage roots in favour of a more visceral warehouse sound. This is best exemplified on ‘Delirium Tremens’ and the aforementioned single, both of which pay homage to the frenetic techno Jeff Mills peddled in the mid-90s, with ‘o1ox’ sitting close to Dreamscape-era piano rave. Offering textural contrast, ‘Extrusion’ provokes comparison to the industrious breaks of label mate Cosmin TRG, while ‘Together’ and ‘End Days’ recall Burial’s lamenting cityscapes.
File Under: Postmodernism
Download: ‘010x’, ‘Extrusion’, ‘Swarm’
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