Instra:mental / Trevino – ‘Pyramid / Chip’ (3024)

As Martyn puts the majority of his music out on his own 3024 imprint, when he’s tapping up other artists for a release he likes to make sure they’re of the requisite quality to sit comfortably alongside his continually brilliant productions. Julio Bashmore and Addison Groove have already made the grade this year, and next up is a split 12” from Instra:mental and newcomer Trevino.

Alex Green and Damon Kirkham of Instra:mental have become something of an unstoppable meteorite recently, their debut album arriving to a fanfare of critical acclaim and both parties stretching out into well-founded solo projects as Boddika and Jon Convex. Their A-side ‘Pyramid’ struts with that classy space-age swagger that made ‘Resolution 653’ so tirelessly enjoyable. A shimmying workout of bass pads bubble up and burst over the deep inflections of some hearty subs as the track throbs forward, a bit of room then being made for a run of oscillating keys to break up the dynamics, before another thumping round comes back to
finish things off.

The flipside from Trevino is even better. Complimenting the futuristic styles of Instra:mental with his own take on proceedings, ‘Chip’ drops some of that bolshy throttle and glides like silk through an airy cosmos. Warm electro synths rise up and plateau out over a light, skittering beat, then continue to invert themselves back and forth as shooting lasers and glossy chords add the perfect finishing touches. Unsurprisingly it’s another storming release from 3024, delivering a couple of tracks you’ll no doubt be hearing plenty of in the next few months.

Robert McCorquodale

‘Pyramid/Chip’ is released via 3024 on August 29.