Free Form Outside In

Free Form Outside In
This is a great era for the veteran electronic musician. When one’s been at it for more than a decade or so, the ebb and flow of genres and gear will sharpen one’s perspective on the many splendour facets of electronica. Free Form is one such artist. He's best known for his work on Warp, but like the label itself, he’s since evolved to a more a diverse range of rhythmic expression. Describing himself as a "non-linear electronician," he builds tracks that use colourful ambient strategies alongside more forceful rhythmic construction. Beats are never far away on most tracks, and are often integrated with well considered global influences such as the Malian bounce of "This Is Your Life,” and the disc’s standout track, a carnival of Brazilian breaks called "Catch 22.” This is not a minimalist album; there are all kinds of sounds from different sources, including a theremin that pops up in some very interesting places. The understated, processed vocals, strong melodies and excellent song structures mark all aspects of Outside In. This disc strikes a nice balance between cerebral, catchy, experimental and danceable — qualities that ensure that Outside In will grow old gracefully. (Skam)