Jatoma: Jatoma

Some of the best electronic music is that which balances the shadowy and the luminous: with light and delicate flourishes matched by a deep and dark low end, Jatoma’s eponymous release on Kompakt is an enjoyable frolic through all manner of strange tones, buzzes and beats. The peculiarity of the noises gives the album an abstract feel, yet in such a way that’s resolutely intelligible throughout.

Highlights include ‘Dust in Wong’ with its filtered guitars and the gratifying disintegration of its finale; the clacking and bestial throb of ‘Bou’; the melodic rave stabs, squelches and marching beats of ‘Durian’; and the space disco of ‘Paper Lights’ that seems to record something struggling to communicate for the first time or perhaps a conversation we’re not meant to understand.

With its unvarying focus on making you move whilst artfully assorting a miscellany of sounds, Jatoma has the feel of a Four Tet release. Hopefully this association will have you inspecting it with a degree of care and concentration…and then buying it.

Dust in Wong

Helix:

angrybonbon

p.s. this is a release from way back in 2010. I know…shame on me.

Advertisements

About angrybonbon

Both Bars On's Manchester correspondent

Posted on April 21, 2011, in Album reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: