South London’s Mr O has been developing his brand of deep, melodic gitch electronica for many years now and is reaching a level of maturity matched by his confidence to take ambiance and combine it with the hustle and bustle of multi-layered, scattered beats. The influence of pioneering acts such as Autechre is easily identifiable on this selection of five tunes from his back catalouge, though he exhibits a gentler, softer approach here than the Warp stalwarts.
“February Sleep” tinkles away as though you’ve opened up a musical jewellery box containing a galaxy of stars.
“August” in indicative of Mr O, taking a simple broken beat as an anchor for dreamy sounds and punchy interjections. “February Sleep” tinkles away as though you’ve opened up a musical jewellery box containing a galaxy of stars while “B” is a smooth and funky ride ahead of the dreamy “Miligon”. Rounding of A Handful of O is “Drop the Anchor; Rock the Boat”, giving glimmers of a pondering Mr O, subtlety considering his next musical move.
This EP is a fine introduction to Mr O’s style and will win the hearts of electronica fans who enjoy softer tones composed with geniune feeling and love of the music. There’s the sound of perfectionism in these hypnotic trips, and equally there is a desire to hear more — the sooner, the better.
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