‘Azure Part 1’ is industrial and beautifully crafted, sequenced with precision and deep textures, yet entirely subtle. When the kick drum and techno riff starts this off, you might think oh no – this clocks in at ten minutes and I’ve already got the gist of it, but stay tuned: the cut rolls ahead in a surprising and un-annoying fashion with deep, warm pads, thoughtful synths and delayed FX & percussion completing the picture. It’s over before you know it, and you’ll want to be hearing this again and again, in different environments and in different states (mostly when jacked-up though). ‘Azure Part 2’ sounds the same, but maybe it’s more a reluctant-electro-hero – darker and lonelier. When the synths appear they sound delicate and then anxious, gradually gearing up to crescendo and climax. Very usable.
Good stuff here by Slam, making contemporary use of classic sounds. ‘Azure’ certainly piques one’s interest in their long-player – don’t keep us waiting too long now.