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LA’s John Tejada has worked with more labels than Naomi Campbell. A year ago he fell in with Kompakt resulting in 2011’s eclectic label debut, ‘Parabola’s. Like its predecessor, ‘The Predicting Machine’ covers a lot of ground, but Tejada firmly anchors it in techno. Yet it’s a headphone album more than a pure club record. The title of bleepy, buzzy opener, ‘Orbiter’, may be a clue. In several places – like ‘Stabilizer’ with its clanging analogue synths and intricate counter-melodies – it sounds like a long-lost Orbital album. On ‘Radio Channel’, a droney, room-shaking electronic hymn, there are hints of early Autechre or Aphex Twin, while it kicks off too, subtly, on ‘Horizon To Horizon’, with its bubbling, fidgety Detroitisms. The sound of a master at work.
File under Melodic, analogue techno
Download ‘Stabilizer’, ‘Radio Channel’, ‘Horizon To Horizon’
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