Mike Parker – Aquaplano Ltd 02
After a number of tense and slinky releases on own label Geophone, Parker moves on to Europe and continues his series of echo-filled compositions, now on Italian label Aquaplano. In January he did another EP, on German Prologue Music, including a Donato Dozzy remix.
From this EP I would pick one track, “Arena”, that is a thrillingly hollow and brain-eating exercise lying close to Sähkö’s and Plastikman’s minimal monsters. Beatless and menacing cut touches with metallic tentacles and scrapes the skin.
In “Acromion” pumping bass and drilling loops are all over the place but it lacks mystic power of the opener, as does “Compressor Blades”. Absorbingly acidic “Sekhmet” brings some improvement with more varied sound textures.
I don’t see no match to Nuel‘s A1 on the first Aquaplano Ltd release and Parker’s record is a slight disappointment compared to his Geophone output.