Porter Ricks resurfaced in 2014, remixing Ryo Murakami on Meakusma with a wonderfully strung-out version of "Statical" that echoed their earliest material. Last year's EP for Tresor, Shadow Boat, suggested a return to their nautically-themed classic material, albeit with, as Andrew Ryce put it, "an increase in fidelity and force." But on their full-length comeback, Porter Ricks have refused to rehash former glories. What's most striking about Anguilla Electrica is how they've managed to keep their original spirit intact without sounding like they used to.
The creeping electronica of "Prismatic Error" has many different textures, but you can hear the growl of a Porter Ricks dub techno chord under the surface. On "Sandy Ground," a higher frequency cousin of that synth strains against kinetic signal processing. "Port Of Tangency" is the most obvious nostalgia hit—the title nods to older tracks like "Port Of Nuba" and "Port Of Transition"—but it doesn't feel like a retread. The complex behaviour of texture and tone in this music is a step beyond what was possible in the '90s, and that's apparent throughout Anguilla Electrica.
The sound design and processing should come as no surprise considering Mellwig and Köner's technical careers outside Porter Ricks. The ever-modulating nature of the tracks feels contemporary, reflecting the trend towards dense computer-aided sound design you might find on a label such as Lee Gamble's UIQ. But for all Anguilla Electrica's technical wizardry, it's an easy album to digest. At six tracks, its concise. There's no room for filler, and every moment feels purposeful. With their latest album, Porter Ricks have proven you can faithfully reference your past while boldly striking forward, no matter how much time has passed.