Stewart Walker

Stabiles

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As befits a work inspired by architecture, and especially the work of an artist who worked with sheet metal, there's nothing soft on Stabiles. Stewart Walker's first LP is a collection of ten stark tracks focused almost completely on the interplay between several different percussion lines with a small amount of echo applied to achieve the illusion of three-dimensional space. Except for faraway synth on a few tracks, every sound source is angular and incredibly precise. In a similar fashion to other minimal-techno architects (Rob Hood, Plastikman, Steve Stoll), Walker makes the most of his productions, weaving a half-dozen spare parts into complex, fascinating patterns that, in the end, don't even need accoutrements to sound great.

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