Its dynamic builds and breakdowns, space-y tangents and intertwined, melty IDM pads make "Journey" a rewarding listen, and also ensure that it quite easily bears the brunt of repeated listening. In fact, you may have to drop the needle a couple of times just to get your head around it. The following "Cosmo30 Travel Duration" is a close kin, if more earthbound, sailing the neon nights of some mythical early '80s Detroit, letting tremendous synth-lead streaks fly over dubby 808s. If you wanted to explain to a friend what Space Dimension Controller was all about, you might even start with "Cosmo30" before approaching "Journey"'s wild terrain.
So it's safe to say that with only a handful of tracks under his belt, Mr. Controller, AKA 19 year old Jack Hamill, has already displayed a prodigious talent for spacey synth-squiggle, a talent that calls to mind another gifted upstart, Kyle Hall. As such, it's little surprise then that since "The Love Quadrant" dropped the two have fallen into collaborative exchange, and that Mr. Hall shows up for remix duty here. Opening the flipside Hall gets clubby, with an undulating chord structure and several analog blips, adding further embellishments that bear his trademark Bernie/Herbie keyboard wonk, including drunken bass wobble and wind-up roller-rink clatter. It makes the Hamill-Hall connection seem like a fortuitous no-brainer, and bodes well for jams to come. "BBD Alignment" offers a pulsing slow-mo comedown, balancing Warp-y treble plinks against densely-delayed vintage drums, mellow but just as winding and inventively undulating as its A1 counterpart.