Cuticle – Mother Rhythm Earth Memory 12″


When Brendan O’Keefe announced his next Cuticle collection would be titled in the spirit of other 4-word acronym masterpieces like RHCP’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, what’s her name’s Love Angel Music Baby, etc, we were instantly convinced. So add Mother Rhythm Earth Memory to this illustrious tradition, and it’s a lofty robo-rubik’s cube of electric glide, daft crunk, and digital riddling. From the first second it’s evident this is a new Cuticle creature – gone is the compressed, post-noise overdrive production of Confectioner’s Beats, replaced by gleaming, fiber optic resonance. “Liquid Crystal Drink (Pour My Dream)” sets the mood: synthetic funk swathed in echo keys and computer-smeared vocoder submerged in a gurgling pool of circuitry before resurrecting like a Herbie Hancock jam teleported into the Tron mainframe. Elsewhere there’s cyber-jungle dub excursions (“Document Leak”), waterfall temple healing music (“Trickle”), even a fucking Baronic Wall cover (“Night Of Romance”). A mesmerizing window into everyday sonic life on one of the weirder colonies in the hidden confederation of alien electronics. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with hypercolor emulsion artwork by Andreas Ervik, plus a photocopied insert.

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