In recent years, Melbourne’s electronic music scene has achieved international acclaim with two very distinct sounds: the warm, woozy lo-fi house and disco associated with acts including Andras Fox and the Francis Inferno Orchestra, and a dark, noisy experimentalism characterised by the wave of Melbourne artists who have released on Blackest Ever Black, among them Carla dal Forno and Tarquin Manek. But there are also those who refuse to fall into either side of this Melburnian divide, drawing on darker dancefloor sounds from the various ~waves (cold, minimal, new, no, etc.) to EBM and post-punk, while retaining a shimmery glow indebted to Italo and Balearic beat. Crews like Dial-Up and Power Station have been carving out a niche for themselves in their hometown, and it’s high time the rest of the world began to pay attention to the sounds they’re purveying.
Reflexivity might be the record to catch those ears further afield – the EP by Lochlan Denholm, AKA Disrute, is a syrupy slab of pulsating machine funk released on Power Station’s recently established imprint. Denholm works up a wide variety of textures across four tracks, from the heavy hitting bleep’n’bass of opener ‘Anvil Landing’ to the dark, bodily hypnosis of ‘Snorkel’, while with Mascaras (Chida and COS/MES) on remix duty, ‘Kabutops’ is the kind of noisy, dirty workout that would sound perfect in a set by Helena or Lena. Melbourne has been described as a sunny place for shady people: this is shady music for a sunny place.
Reflexivity is out January 2nd on Power Station – pre-order the vinyl here.