Typewriter Tune / Frozen Barnacles

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The original "Typewriter Tune" has "big tune" written all over it: a soothing chord progression gives way to sparse, ticking percussion (I assume the title comes from the toothpick drums and other assorted clicks and rattles), underpinned by swooning synth chords a la Bok Bok or Girl Unit. The track's most distinctive moment comes in its breakdown—or rather self-destruction—signaled by a downward-arcing synth that sends it veering off-road, blasting through thickets of bouncy vocal tics.

The VIP is more of a fastidious retouch than a complete rehaul, turning those vocal tics into pockmarks on the track's surface, and removing the skewed dynamics of the abrupt breakdown. It turns the weirdness of the original into a smouldering, building dance floor tune, and the microscopic scale of the elements seems to reference minimal techno in a manner similar to Orphan101's recent release on Applepips. On the flip is an interesting collaboration between Distal and Mayhem entitled"Frozen Barnacles" emits frigidly pulsating dub techno chords over top a rigid dubstep structure adorned with drawn-out and synthetic reggae horns.

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released January 18, 2011

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Distal Seattle, Washington

American electronic musician and futurist. Anti-State, Pro-Individualism through creative means of destruction

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