Published Feb 13, 2015Bringing together Australia's Deepchild (aka Rick Bull) and Canada's Noah Pred, Concubine may be a social experiment for the transplanted producers, but that doesn't dilute the duo's vision for the project. Steeped in heady, thoughtful production work, Concubine is a vehicle for the expats to explore questions about the changing world around them and strike out on an unexplored path together. The foundation for the group lies in Bull and Pred's understanding of the nuances of techno, house and acid; intricate without being overpowering, yet simple enough when it needs to be, Concubine use their deft touch to weave hypnotic melodies, acid outbursts, pulsing rhythms and hefty low-end punch together seamlessly.
Tracks like "Apocalypse Disco," "Pivoting Planes," "Alpha Jam City" and "Middle Sister" unfold patiently, giving the duo plenty to work with as they move the material from the album into a live setting. Deep, trippy and free-flowing, Concubine is balanced with tracks like "Uncorp," Resolution B" and album closer, "Seif," all of which are built with a different end goal in mind. These otherworldly moments provide context and let the duo move outside their comfort zones. What may have started as a weekly studio session to help get through Berlin's winter has revealed itself as an important and fulfilling project that shows its ample potential here. (Concubine)