It’s exhausting to consider it’s been three years since Analog, Misanthrop’s final stunner of an album, the place the German producer taught the largely digitized D&B world somewhat one thing in regards to the joys of mods. That mentioned, since everyone knows COVID years don’t depend, it’s actually extra like 18 months. In an interview with UKF, Misanthrop mentioned that he used the largely show-less COVID time to play much more along with his experimental aspect and, impressed by a few unfinished tracks from Analog, Universe was born from that bizarre pandemic time warp. It’s fairly becoming, actually.
From the album intro “It’s Okay,” that point warp really feel is actual as is the experimental composition, because the beatless observe incorporates a host of old-timey, classic sounds; both precise previous sound and music loops (you simply know Misanthrop has a stack of these) distorted a bit additional together with precise clock sounds and a wholesome little bit of drone and ambient sound design. It broadcasts to the listeners that Universe won’t be your common drum & bass album, however that’s actually all the time true with Misanthrop.
“Jupiter” follows “It’s Okay” and is likely one of the unfinished Analog tracks and has some related synths so it’s tie-in, connecting 2019 to 2022. It’s nonetheless fairly totally different in a whole lot of methods from the sound of Analog, nonetheless, with minimal, tick-tocky drums and a complete chaotic crunchy synth that takes over midway by way of and type of devours the Analog-era stuff. In the meantime, creepy and ominous classic sound design plagues the intro and breaks, creating nearly a gothic and emotive really feel even whereas the synths are futuristic it’s nearly an excessive amount of. The chaos of the enormous planet Jupiter offers this observe its namesake and sends the listener by way of a sonic black gap to this new Universe.
The album doesn’t again down from “Jupiter” when it comes to chaotic organized noise, so listeners higher have gotten their bearings in that black gap. The halftime beat of “Undo” simply means Misanthrop can pack in additional insanity, static and eerie house sounds. Spaghettification, anybody? From there, “Into the Solar” is little bit of aid with a surprisingly vibey, nearly liquid (did we simply use the time period “liquid” in a Misanthrop assessment?) and musical tune, which, regardless that Misanthrop mentioned he didn’t write this album for the dancefloor, will doubtless see its fair proportion of play throughout dawn or sundown festie units. This observe halfway by way of the album is a transparent give up and ties the 2 halves collectively. One most likely must give up in a roundabout way if one was being shot into the solar.
From there the chaos is considerably stymied, with “Jitters” and “Triumph” extra recognizably drum & bass, the gradual techno of “Off Course” bringing some a lot appreciated atmospherics and album nearer “Galaxy” a rolling, Tron-like rebirth of sound after the insanity of the primary half of the album. However there’s one observe from that first half nonetheless looming.
Our YEDM premiere is “Alert,” one other of the unfinished Analog tracks and simply probably the most recognizable early Misanthrop tie-in on the album. Lashings of “Desert Orgy” and “Intercourse Sells” will make neuro followers completely satisfied, though this observe is decidedly not neuro. A little bit of a respite amid all of the experimental chaos of the primary half of Universe, “Alert” is emotive, evocative and intense however doesn’t have all the cruel traces of “Jupiter” or “Undo.” It’s one other strong dance observe amongst all of the experimental work of this album.
Nobody would blame a listener for taking a little bit of time to take heed to Universe; it’s a thinker of an album that’s meant to be thought-about as a lot as listened to. It’s nonetheless fairly danceable, nonetheless, with tracks like “Alert” and “Into the Solar” doubtless already being performed on dancefloors and punters questioning attempting to trace ID. Concern not, Misanthrop’s new Universe is nearly right here.
Universe drops this Friday on Misanthrop and Phace’s Neosignal imprint. Click on right here to pre-order or pre-save.