Richard Devine - asect:dsect
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After two profoundly evocative and technically rigorous releases, you'd think it would be impossible for 26 year old Richard Devine to up the ante on his own style. Even so, it shouldn't come as any surprise. This is after all the man quoted as saying "I don't like to be limited by my equipment, if there is going to be any limitations I want them to be in my mind." Damned if his newest record isn't his best full-length yet.
asect:dsect is the synapse-rattling 24-bit 96khz stereo culmination of Devine's work to date, a throbbing and vicious animal product that laces the overwhelmingly syncopated breakbeat assault of Lip Switch (Warp/Schematic) with the throat-sore howls creation groans of 2001's Aleamapper (Schematic). Masterfully orchestrating a titanic array of rapidly moving information, on asect:dsect, Devine spans every inch of the frequency spectrum, effortlessly moving from musique concrÃ©te to DSP in his own inimitable style.
"Entrancing" is not the word you would think to apply towards a record whose elements rarely repeat themselves, but the groove is still there, like a strange, mechanical funk music propelled by a million minuscule sounds obediently marching to the cadence of a heavy step. It is "funk for robots," a broken and restructured music so thoroughly original that it has caught the attention of artists ranging from Autechre to Aphex Twin alike, who not surprisingly comissioned Devine to remix his now-classic "Come to Daddy."