Seemingly living on a diet of purely energy drinks, Alex Coulton returns for his fourth release of the year, coming courtesy of Livity Sound sister label Dnuos Ytivil (mirrors are cool). Following on from the ‘Bounce’ EP (the first from Dnuos Ytivil), put out back in July 2012 – which featured a remix from label boss Tom ‘Pev’ Ford – Coulton takes both sides of the 12″ on ‘War Games/Point Noire’ with an interesting, typically stripped back sound now synonymous with the Mancunian.
The A-side title, ‘War Games’, aptly describes the general feel of the track, combining a marching drumbeat, haunting oriental vocals and stabs of low-end bass – all of which, regardless of taste, can’t be denied the label of ‘atmospheric’ – even if it is purely through it’s simplicity.
‘Point Noire’ ups the pace on the B-side and reminds me somewhat of that Icicle thumper ‘Minimal Dub’ – utilising hollow, tribal drum sounds and a rolling bassline, giving a real eery movement to the track.
Retaining his simple yet effective focus on drum arrangement, Alex has and is formulating a sound that is very much his own and obviously strikes the right chords with the Livity Sound family, as well as the other imprints also seeking his makings.
‘War Games/Point Noire’ is out June 10th, vinyl only.