NTS Session 2 by Autechre, first half; Label Link: NTS Sessions 1-4.
Number 8 in the wire magazine Top 50 releases of 2018.
NTS Session 2 starts by revisiting one of the oldest tropes in, how shall we say, “eclectic” electronic dance music, the ping pong rhythm. You know, ping-pong….ping. Of course, it would be too easy to use the actual sound, so different sound palettes stand in for the hoary ping pong ball and paddle, but it is unmistakeable, and the theme and variation is multitudinous. And energetic.
About an hour in, the rhythmic onslaught retreats slightly, making way for more of the, more or less, plodding rhythms of the start of NTS Session 1, but on top of this is something that I’m pretty sure is a massively pitch shifted mouth harp.
An hour and a half in, and I still don’t think we’ve gotten to anything you could, generously speaking, “dance” to.
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