Herva

Hyper Flux

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Few artists have the ability to totally seduce over a few spins like Italy's Herva. What may seem messy at first listen starts to fall into sharper definition and ,Hyper Flux" makes a very strong case for being his most seductive and mature record yet.

The album has dismantled the broken beats of his early records and drifts, dives and shivers, its beats blended into the haze, everything approached from unusual angles with none of the music sounding entirely digital as it smudges between manipulated live instrumentation and field recordings coupled with synthesis and space - there's a warm heart at the centre of this music.

The deep ambience of opener ,Esotic Energy" melts into the shivering 4/4 pulses of ,Jitter".

,Nasty MF" pits a sludgy house beat against rough vocal samples whose aggression is disarmed by bell-like melodies.

,Rule The Sun" melts pattering drums and distorted chords with distant piano, while ,Multicone" takes things down with relaxing undulating chords and clicks and cuts.

The centrepiece of the album is the space cruise of ,Lly Spirals" which sounds like early 80s boogie blasted into the stratosphere.

Things start to get weird with the drifting jazz of ,Solar Xub" punctuated with scratchy beats and noise.

,Cops Twerk" is a rattling piece of uptempo techno with flickering rave chords and a vocal that sounds like police radio whereas ,Peach" is a bristling piece of ambient house, all reverbed hits and reversed stabs over a scuttling broken drum kit.

,Dedicated" featuring the vocals of Mar G. balances loose chords and a reversed break against her plaintive, striking vocal.

"Hyper Flux" finishes the way it started, with the distorted chords of ,Zykmed", echoing dust and hiss played out over a gentle nostalgic melody.

Herva: Hyper Flux

Esotic Energy Herva
Jitter Herva
Nasty MF Herva
Rule The Sun Herva
Multicone Herva
Lly Spirals Herva
Solar Xub Herva
Meta Wave Herva
Cops Twerk Herva
Peach Herva
Dedicated (ft. Mar G) Herva
Zykmed Herva
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