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Magnamite 15:39


released April 13, 2017

Extended hypnotic explorations from Brooklyn’s experimentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens, OM). Two long-side pieces of futuristic afro-dub, slowly evolving arrangements of voice and modular synthesizer soundscapes. Ethereal and melancholic on the first side with Magnamite, exhibiting « the relationship of machine and human, showcasing the coupling of the two instruments ». Drifting and wildly pulsating on Heart of Sogguth that « transforms this relationship into a unified human machine wherein the voice becomes the rhythm - all become one instrument.»

« Mind-bending minimalist rhythm trips from Brooklyn’s Robert Lowe, coiling up on the Paris-based Latency Recordings in the wake of sublime excursions for Type and DDS and alongside Jóhann Jóhannsson, Adult and Ariel Kalma in recent years.

A deeply intoxicating session unfurls in both parts, pursuing the patiently nuanced logic of his prior releases into the beautifully melancholic, elliptical downstroke of Magnatite on the A-side, and what sounds like a blunted Villalobos lost in a mazy nitrous fantasy on the marvellous Heart Of Sogguth.

Coaxing waves of drip-off dissonant tang into an alternately acrid, aqueous flow with the meter of a water clock in orbit or a deep sea hydrothermal vent spewing pure minerals under unfathomable pressure, Magnetite beautifully owns our attention on the A-side and is primed to send post-party sessions or stone circle meditations into the absolute lushest freefall regression to primal states. 

The B-side’s upstepping vectors therefore give a (perhaps necessary) second wind, picking up the pace to a 111bpm bump soaked in spring reverb and riddled with hiccuping voices that appear to originate in or at least resonate in the listener’s own trachea with a potent tang whilst the groove quietly knots us in sensually elastic loops.

They’re blinders, both of ‘em. »


Composed and produced by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Magnamite recorded by Emmanuel de Barros during artist residency at Grim, Marseille 2014
Mastered at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin
Distributed by Honest Jon's in London
Front cover : Misha Hollenbach, back : Hugo Blanzat


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