As label head for Livity Sound, Tom Ford (aka Peverelist) deftly exudes just what has made the Bristol label one of the most talked about techno start-ups over the past five years. As Livity Sound expanded into a crew, artists like Kowton and Asusu have helped move dubstep into the next decade with the skeletal make-up of bass music and the adventurousness of minimal techno.
On Tessellations, his sophomore release, Peverelist blends the abstract and the concrete, pulling together wispy beats and wandering synth moods. Released a whopping eight years after his underwhelming debut, Jarvik Mindstate, Peverelist's latest approaches his craft much differently, as the Essex, England producer is no longer interested in being part of the dubstep scene. Instead, over nine tracks and 48 minutes, much of the music on Tessellations comes off lean but punchy.
"Under Clearing Skies" builds on a slightly off-beat rhythm and crunching accents, while "Wireframes" melds clashing eight-bit melodies and "Brinks and Limits" comes off both busy and spacious thanks to its double-syncopated rhythms. It's hard to believe that Peverelist is still trying to find his sound on Tessellations but this journey is well worth a listen. (Livity Sound)