Hessle Audio's most thought-provoking release of the year.
The title track sounds like Parker pilfered a metalworks. Mixing this storm and clang with engaged rhythms and bottomless basslines has been an emergent thread in her work, but it's crystallised best here. A quivering sense of weight pushes down on the mix, especially during "Angel Oak"'s bass blasts, but there's light in this tunnel, courtesy of tonal, albeit mangled, chords scraping across the mix.
Ploy's remix packages Parker's sounds into a recognisably Hessle-ised framework. It's up to his usual lofty standards, but the contrast with Parker's originals is telling. Where Parker's productions thrive by feeling like autonomous mechanisms coaxed into motion, Ploy's tightly controlled, and admittedly thrilling, programming reminds us that there's a human at the controls. There's nothing inherently superior to either approach—their juxtaposition merely highlights a difference in mentality. But it's Parker's approach that makes Red Cotton Hessle Audio's most thought-provoking release of the year.