Record of the Week: Blue 01 – Tessela / Lanark Artefax (Whities)

The latest heat coming in from the ever-experimental Whities camp, a Young Turks offshoot headed up by by NTS DJ and ex-Boiler Room host Nic Tasker, comes in the form of a split 12″ from Tessela and Lanark Artefax. Despite having been knocking about since 2016, both tracks sound not only contemporary but exhilaratingly progressive – unsurprising, coming from these two on-the-button producers. The EP, titled Blue 01, is the first in a new series from Whities called Blue Labels.

Tessela’s contribution takes cues from early IDM, fusing hi-def, crystalline sonics with stuttered, fluorescent vocal samples to create something absorbingly original. The track moves in hypnotic, tense circles, evolving gradually over six minutes as layers of hi-hats skitter around an effervescent bass synth that glistens with resonance. It never quite reaches a conventional climax, but it’s all the better for it. Lanark Artefax provides some typically futurist breaks on “Touch Absence (Intimidating Stillness Mix)”, a new take on an older tune from a 2017 EP that brings the heft and bombast that the A side may have been lacking. This one’s a bit of a curveball, too, taking things down a notch and finishing on a meditative outro that recalls Aphex Twin at his most serene.

Blue 01 is available March 9 via Whities.

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