Broken down and ReKontructed: Quivver is in his most interesting type in latest album [Exclusive] – Dancing Astronaut

John Graham — most know him because the licensed hitmaker, Quivver. He’s behind a number of dance anthems which were completely sealed into the music’s historical past, and a main influencer of home and techno. But what’s the true essence behind this prolific artist, who’s operated at juggernaut ranges for almost three a long time? With a protracted overdue ReKonstrukt arriving at our doorstep his experimental Controlled Substance imprint on October 5, Graham is lastly prepared to specific who he’s in cohesive, sonic type.

ReKonstrukt is the fruits of the “Quivver sound” so fastidiously constructed over time: driving, techy in the suitable locations, and furthermore, progressive — not simply within the sense of the style, however by way of the phrase itself, and the way its definition applies to what John Graham has put forth. He’s completed one thing akin to Sasha’s Involver sequence in that a lot of it’s comprised of drastically re-molded items by others he admires, however finally advances this format to an entire new frontier. Four contemporary originals are woven fastidiously into the combination, as nicely a particular collaboration.

Graham begins his autobiographical aural narrative with an introduction that lightly stirs the thoughts awake with eerie synths and cymbal clags earlier than rolling right into a hypnotic soundscape with minimal, but well-placed notes and various instrumentation. Another sturdy and thoroughly-proven present of this veteran DJ quickly makes itself recognized: his potential to inform a narrative, and with seamless transitions at that. The second observe appears to return out of nowhere, constructing upon the thriller of the introduction and including a brand new, ethereal aspect in Lily Pita’s vocals. Titled “Summer,” it kicks the LP into full gear with strengthened percussion and extra advanced layering.

Technical, gritty, and centered — these hallmark motifs of Quivver’s aesthetic are outstanding all through ReKonstrukt, and may be heard loud and clear in its second re-edit goal, “Something’s Not Right” by Dan Sieg. Quivver paints the unique in aquatic arpeggios and full padding, making manner for stabs of synth so as to add edge to the completed product. Other remixes like his glittering, but futuristic and uncooked tackle Beatamines’ “Omega,” his remedy of Khainz’ “Space Invader” and naturally, his twisting of “Jack Mountain” by Mattia Saviolo into an utter stomper, additionally remind listeners of Quivver’s lengthy hours spent within the studio honing his craft.

At this level, Graham is at work sneakily rising the velocity and drive to make manner “Reaction,” by DNYO, which has been flipped completely on its head. Monstrous as ever, roaring synthesizers and tense string edits ebb and circulation all through the observe’s period, while retro synth notes lower by the noise so as to add a little bit of nostalgia. The pressure continues because the LP’s official collaboration, “Aside” folds itself in, wielding darkness with hole, working notes and spooky progressions. Such an awe-inducing, impactful show of sound is what one would count on to listen to in a three-way between Quivver and his companions — on this case, the venerable Rick Pier O’Neil and D-Formation.

ReKonstrukt closes in maybe probably the most applicable manner it might for somebody as tenured as John Graham: with two brilliantly-crafted originals that pay homage to his roots whereas concurrently manifesting the cliché, that, like a fantastic wine, he will get higher with age. We see him traversing a stormy path by muddy synthesis and crisp drums in “Wait A Minute,” creating an intriguing, tech-based juxtaposition that solely somebody as expert as him can pull off. We’re more likely to hear loads of as he strikes into the longer term. Finally, at album’s finish, “Eight Bit Eclipse” transports topics to a Detroit warehouse with piano stabs and thundering percussion, wrapping his story up in a refined, timeless method.

This is Quivver in his most interesting, most modern type, and he’s definitely bought so much left to present.

 

 

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