JAMES DARKIN

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7/10 Thrilling de­but from the elec­tro Dub As the head en­gi­neer at Dublin’s Tem­ple Lane Stu­dios for over a decade, widely re­spected Ir­ish pro­ducer James Darkin has mixed or helmed record­ing ses­sions with ev­ery­one from Kanye West, Will.i.am and Ri­hanna to Hozier, R.S.A.G. and Jerry Fish. De­spite work­ing with these lu­mi­nar­ies, there isn’t a hint of any of their in­flu­ences on his ex­hil­a­rat­ing de­but al­bum. Rather, Darkin takes his cues from the likes of Gary Nu­man, Aphex Twin, Chem­i­cal Broth­ers, Mas­sive At­tack and Brian Eno (in a bad mood).

Fea­tur­ing 10 well-crafted slices of heavy, fu­tur­is­tic and some­times sin­is­ter elec­tron­ica, Go No Mat­ter

What isn’t com­fort­able lis­ten­ing. Darkin has en­listed var­i­ous artists to con­trib­ute – in­clud­ing Plu­tonic Dust vo­cal­ist Veron­ica Mo­ran, Pro­peller Palms gui­tarist Paul But­ler, Batuhan Mut­lugil of Turk­ish rock act Du­man, and clas­si­cal flautist Róisín Ní Bhri­ain. While But­ler and Mut­lugil add to the wall of dis­torted noise, the oth­ers pro­vide oc­ca­sional mo­ments of light­ness in what is an es­sen­tially dark af­fair.

As the al­bum ti­tle and some of the tracks (‘Chase’, ‘De­stroyed’ etc.) sug­gest, it’s mostly mu­sic to come up on rather than come­down to.

Blade Run­ner 2049 is al­ready in the can, but you’d imag­ine that some of the more in­dus­trial sound­ing tracks here would per­fectly suit its mood. But no mat­ter. If there’s any jus­tice in the world, and if Darkin can get this al­bum out there, he’s def­i­nitely tal­ented enough to pick up any amount of sound­track work on hor­ror or sci-fi movies and video games.

File un­der ‘Un­easy Lis­ten­ing’… OUT NOW / OLAF TYARANSEN

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