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Ital Tek – Midnight Colour review

Following on from his debut artist album Cyclical in 2008, Brighton based producer Ital Tek brings us his sophomore outing, Midnight Colour on the highly respected Planet Mu imprint. Since Cyclical first landed two years ago, other notable productions from the man otherwise known as Alan Myson include the Massive Error EP (also on Planet Mu) and the Mako EP (released on his own label, Atom River in October 2009).

Kicking off with “Neon Arc” – a deliciously fuzzy broody number, with a nod to the Joker-style ‘Bristol Sound’ in the synths – it’s a promising start to what soon unfolds into a magnificent album. Moving through the melodic, reflective Mount Kimbie style “Talis” with its evocatively drawn dripping and chiming, and hollow textured soundscape, to the more abrasive “Moonbow” and “Babylon” (a personal favourite), it’s easy to see why Ital Tek has garnered such a reputation for himself in such a short time.

Keeping versatility at its core, the album moves effortlessly on to “Satellite”, “Subgiant” and “Black And White”, through darker, sparser sounds and lilting whispering patterns, to “Strangelove” – an incredible exploration with a deep, throbbing b-line and unnerving poignancy. In contrast, “Moment Blue” employs some quirky instrumentation and upbeat whinnies of vocal, before the darker, more synth-led vibe returns for the grand finale, spearheaded by the title track. The album closes with “Restless Tundra” – a calm, contemplative number, featuring the lustrous vocal skills of Anneka. Midnight Colour picks up on the sound that has come to define Ital Tek, taking the whole ‘post-dubstep’ tip to new lengths, weaving 2-stepping garage rhythms round sonic textures with plenty of moody atmospheric melancholy.

Review: Belinda Rowse