Lumigraph is a kindred spirit to Gerry Read. He makes scuzzy house, cutting through samples like construction paper—ragged edges, torn fabric and all. The record opens with a seven-minute hypnagogic blur in "Patty Hearst," where drums try their best to puncture a thick skin of fuzz and warbling pianos. Followed by ambient collage "Lost In Manhattan," it's all a bit business-as-usual until "Dorsia" kicks the door down with a sprightly spring in its step. With its playful bassline and marching band percussion, "Dorsia" is the farthest thing from bedroom wankery. Lumigraph's floor fillers are mired in Caretaker-esque wear-and-tear, but that doesn't make them any less deadly.
Nautically Inclined is an array of fascinating textures. On "Matte," a soft, blurred chord brushes up against hollowed-out, redlined drums. On "Spaceblunts," trebly snares splash in a pool of goop. On the ear-shredding "Tampa Awaits," the high-end is endowed with a razor's edge, while the low-end sits full and pillowy.
Switching gears between interludes like the acoustic guitar diversion of "Swimming Pools" headlong back into fluid dance music, the tape flows as easily as its beats do. And though Lumigraph obviously isn't about to take Ibiza by storm, Nautically Inclined shows that Opal Tapes can inch ever closer to the realm of the dance floor without losing sight of the wandering spirit that made its first year so riveting.