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QUICKSPINS: Motoko & Myers – Basis Key [OPEN HAND REAL FLAMES]

by Lucas Thow August 28, 2018 0 comment
QUICKSPINS: Motoko & Myers – Basis Key [OPEN HAND REAL FLAMES]

When Motoko & Myers first began to work on their debut album in an Oakland, California home studio, did they intend on producing what could be an extension to the cult-favourite game Portal 2’s soundtrack? We may never know, but it sure sounds like it. The dub-tinged ambient work is warm and often whimsical, yet at times suggests a sense of unease. This is most apparent on “Sans Time Tone Milk,” where the droning hums of both human and machine are layered beneath scattered drips and unsteady distortion (the darker levels of Portal 2 come to mind). The album is at its most playful on “Super Potato” — a bouncy yet drowsy six minute danceable track. While the album certainly presents a strong sense of cohesion, it feels as though the two producers could have pushed their sound a bit deeper.

7.2/10

Trial Track: “Super Potato”

 

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