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Fluxion – Perfuse EP review

Kenneth Christiansen’s Echocord imprint presents a tight package that includes two of the best tracks taken off Fluxion’s Perfused album from earlier this year, plus a dynamic remix of the title track from Deadbeat.

Following several years on hiatus, Fluxion has returned with a flurry of releases since 2009. Perfused was Konstantinos Soublis’ second album in as many years and cemented his reputation for making ice cool dub-techno. Gaining praise as a collection of his most varied and vibrant tracks to date, the album found a new buoyancy and reduction of shadowy textures within his sound. Now, Echochord revisit the album’s sound in a concise package.

“Perfuse” is a gently rolling, dub-techno masterpiece. It is a slow and pulsating track where the sound patterns emerge steadily into one huge organic movement. The sub bass is as deep as you can possibly go and each synth stab arrives with might and vigour. The Jamaican styled dub reggae of “Wabbler” looks back to the early influences of dub in this more unassuming track. It is a live track, recorded in only one take but still contains the depth of texture that is always present in Fluxion’s work. Finishing the package is Deadbeat’s up-tempo version of “Perfuse”. The Canadian delivers a driving charge of dub-techno that pushes a fluid groove to the forefront of the track. With some intelligent spatial arrangements, this is one for connoisseurs of either dub or techno.

Review: Tom Jones