REVIEW: Client_03 – Ur_Luv / Interpersonal Relationship Assessment (2021)

“It sounds a lot like you’re the one assessing us”, the ‘interviewer’ says. So what does that make this?

B-side track Interpersonal Relationship Assessment is a 12 minute sound play of the character that is Client_03 being ‘assessed’; a therapy-like interplay in which a feminine robotic voice answers a down pitched interviewer’s questions. All and all, it’s a not-so veiled comment on Neo-liberal capitalism (or ‘late-stage’ capitalism as Mark Fisher put it) in which ‘the artist as character’ acts as a comment on our collective humanity drowned out in the pursuit of productivity.

There isn’t much out there on the ‘sentient computer program’ character that is Client_03, and that’s probably how Charlie Fieber intends it to be.

Screenshot taken on 4/08/2022 from video 'Client_03 - Ur_Luv' uploaded 9/12/2021 on Youtube by Supermarkt.
Screenshot taken on 4/08/2022 from video ‘Client_03 – Ur_Luv’ uploaded 9/12/2021 on Youtube by Supermarkt.

Fieber, better known as Fracture, is an electronic musician from the UK and is one of the founders of the Astrophonica label. And while it isn’t immediately confirmable, it seems pretty likely that they’re one and the same. You didn’t really believe AI music programs were flippin’ samples this well, did you?

Nevermind all that.

A-side track Ur_Luv is an absolute Electro jam. Pitched out and glitched out, Client_03’s flip of Collapse’s Hold Me in Your Arms vocal track grabs the listener’s attention by the ears and never lets go. Swishy drum machine rhythms and punchy kicks keep on stepping as a fat synth acts as the minimal but deep groove needed to push this track to perfection.

Ur_Luv is complete Electro bliss.

Go grab it while it’s still online.

For fans of: Fracture, Adam F, DJ Solo

Like Client_03? Give these a listen: A_GIM, Siu Mata, Phasmid

REVIEW: Ouxh – Machines In Care (2019)

Stealthy office park chic for your listening pleasure.

Machines In Care is the 2019 release by the enigmatic Ouxh. Released on Melbourne based LKR Records, Ouxh delivers 3 finely crafted Electro dance tracks over a 17 minute run time.

Titular track Machines In Care sidesteps Electronic music’s fantasy of the singularity for the tranquil co-habitation of our shared world with the man-made, that is to say, printers and the machines used to create the music on this record.

Middle track Birdman opens with the reverberating echo of a dull alarm until kicks and snare get the rhythm flowing like the first lurches of traffic on a cold city morning. Electronic chirps begin to punctuate the track’s cold atmosphere as Birdman’s sweet sunrise melody works its way into focus. Textural warmth of crackles and pops blanket the track as small melodic motifs gradually reveal themselves. It’s sonically serene yet supplies dance floor rhythm worth getting up for.

Much like Ambient music, Machines In Care rewards both active and passive listening by striking a balance of active drive and hypnotic slow growth across much of the album. Throughout, Ouxh utilizes what stereophonic technology has to offer, pushing the bilateral dynamics of each track without waning to cheap psychedelic auditory tricks.

Closing track Coma Void does exactly this with a chopped and processed vocal loop and a delightfully dizzying Kraftwerk-esque staccato melody which swirls around its captive audience. Having traded in winter mornings for a more hyped-up driving force, Coma Void may not necessarily keep the cool tranquility of former tracks, but remains harmonious in Machines In Care’s city-sonic palette and dance floor operations.

For fans of: Aphex Twin, Adam F, Goldie

Like Ouxh? Give these a listen: Joe Koshin, Radioactive Man, The Disciples of Jovan Blade

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