Off his release from AUS Records, Britain’s Gerry Read returns to his home Fourth Wave with a new 12”, ‘Socialize’ and ‘Charcoal.’ The record is a more cohesive affair than his prior releases, while still holding the dusty and sporadic appeal of earlier tracks.
The first cut ‘Charcoal’ is a driving drum-track, with stark atmospheres dancing around offset hi-hats. The synth work holds no melodic content, with the exception of a couple pads and a morphing vocal sample. The track is modular in its execution. Read mechanically swirls his smorgasbord of elements in a stew of modulation.
‘Socialize’ the B-Side track complements the textures of the first track nicely. It holds a more straightforward future-classic vibe with a chunky 303-bassline and simplified rhythm progression. The track dives into a deep chord bath drenched in hollow reverb.
Though Read didn’t re-invent the wheel with this release, the track construction and imaginative textures made for an enjoyable listen. The record would also make for a great addition to any dj’s tool box.
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