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Moiré - Never Sleep [EP]

Moiré - Never Sleep [EP]

by , 07 February 2013

With the release of the EP Never Sleep, shadowy London producer Moiré confirms his arrival as the most recent addition to the Werkdiscs roster. Despite a limited output, the label has had a stellar few years, including the latest excellent addition to Lukid's incredibly consistent back catalogue in the form of Lonely at the Top last year, and a few scattered 12"'s from label boss Actress. It has carved out a niche for itself of claustrophobic and insular techno that also prods persistently at expanding the boundaries of intelligent British electronica; a niche that Moiré slots into very neatly.

In mathematics, a Moiré effect is achieved by superimposing visual patterns or grids on top of one another at different angles, thus creating a whole new pattern in turn. With little to no background detail of the artist to work with, we might as well take this as one starting point when thinking about the layered and abrasive productions from the Londoner to whom the effect lends a name. On the track 'Drugs', a synth line is summoned just before the halfway mark and sustained throughout the remainder of the song, transforming the uncompromising tech-prang that precedes it into something close to euphoric. 'Into' opens with splintered beats and ethereal vocal samples that morph into an ultra-dark, bouncing house track. The outpourings of an insomniac mind, Never Sleep is concerned with peeling back the layers of the after-hours and seeing beyond what appears on the surface.

The accompanying video for 'Lose It', a collaboration with Lessons and vocalist Heidi Vogel, is a brain-melting procession of different twisting Moiré patterns, a fluid evolution of the EP's cover, and for 'Into' a monochromatic laser experiment erratically lights up a sparse futuristic room. In both instances, the pairing of audio and visual content instantly makes sense; it looks how it sounds, and vice versa.

The EP is rounded out by a remix of lead track 'Lose It' by Mr. Darren Cunningham himself, made after apparently just one listen to the original, stretching its 5 minutes of fragmented vocals into a near-nine minute rolling techno workout. Seeing the two producers working side by side shows Moiré to be a logical addition to the whole Werkdiscs sound and style, underneath its head honcho's guiding hand. A bold, tight debut, with creative energy pulling in many different directions, there’s hopefully much more to come from this murky new talent.

Rating: 8/10

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