Hunab & Jorge Bule – Environments (Apparent Horizon AH002 – 2013)

Actually the new 12-inch of the Berlin based label Apparent Horizon can be tagged as dub techno. Unfortunately the genre has been watered down by numerous Basic Channel copycats but it does not affect this EP’s prospects of being taken seriously when “Environments” carries certain charm across three tracks.

After the “Hera EP”, it’s again a split release by Jose Gvc aka Hunab and Jorge Bule, where Hunab’s upholstered percussion is accompanied by soluble pads for a no-fuss experience. Bule’s side comes stronger: After commonplace dubbed-out chords in “Gorgeus”, the kick start of a throbbing and shuffling sequence changes the game when the track motors along on a straight highway. The best cut is “Motora”, where after the noisy metronome intro the bass kicks in at the two-minute mark for precision pneumatics of Helical Scan quality.

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