First Listen: Pugilist – ‘Reflections’ (Temple of Sound)

The term Pugilist refers to a professional boxer – which also seems apt for a means of describing the music the name sake producer spills out. Dense textures, and polyrhythmic tendencies occupy the output from the Aussie producer, often serving up his own knockout blows on the dance floor. Crafting intricate and gurgling broken techno, Pugilist’s discogs page already feels satisfyingly full despite his first release only coming out back in 2017. Such output has to be matched with quality, and there’s no doubting the grade A standard that bleeds from his fingertips.

Earlier works wouldn’t feel out of place on Swamp 81 – a murky bassweight dominating the low end, razor sharp detailing on the highs – deep and dark, full of ambiguity. As the Pugilist brand has rolled on, the sounds change subtly, nods to soundsystem culture rear their head (case in point 2018’s Roll Off), the tempos begin to shift, bringing us around to the artist we see in 2019. It’s been a bumper year already – with a milestone release on Nic Tasker’s Whities back in July, Pugilist heads up the latest release for Temple of Sound, the UK label championing the swaggering chug of leftfield techno.

Temple of Sound 003 boasts 3 Pugilist delicacies, including a joint effort with label boss Sub Basics. It further broadens the indefinability of the Austrailian producer’s sonic aesthetic, serving up dubby basement bombs. For your listening pleasure today we bring you an exclusive cut of A1 ‘Reflections’ – 9 mins of bewildering textures and acutely engineered drum programming.

Temple of Sound 003 is out November 8th 2019.

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