Rival Consoles 'Night Melody' (Erased Tapes)
The Erased Tapes labels are one of the great successes of the decade. This is mainly thanks to the solemn post-classical sounds of the likes of Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds, but there’s much more to the label than that – and electronica producer Rival Consoles has been with them from the very start. On this new six-track mini album, his sound has become richer and more complex than ever before, with airborne trance synths over deep bass, layered percussion rhythms and occasional washes of shoegaze guitar. It takes us back to the late 00s, when the likes of Martyn, Sepalcure and Joy Orbison were bringing lushness and melody to (post) dubstep – and that’s no bad place to be at all.