Published Sep 06, 2018Since Alan Myson (aka Ital Tek) released his debut LP, Cyclical, a decade ago, he's gone on to focus on a number of modern genres, like dubstep, garage and footwork. Although Myson has been moving into darker, more cinematic territories as of late, culminating with 2016's Hallowed, the British artist has decided to disassemble-and-then-reassemble his love for structured dance music to create Bodied.
Delivering 13 songs in only 55 minutes, it's fascinating to see Ital Tek creating such a sludgy, mood-filled album within such compact fragments. But listening to tracks like the decaying new age-ish opener "Adrift," the dramatic building rhythmic noise piece "Across Time" and the vividly textural "Prima," it's clear that Myson has gained a whole new musical vocabulary on LP number six.
Using clips of human voice ("Cipher"), orchestral hits ("Blood Rain") and affected repetition ("The Circle Is Complete"), Myson has created an album that unfolds at a dramatic and calculated pace when consumed from start to finish. Although Ital Tek hasn't completely abandoned his beat-heavy sound, Bodied stands as a brave and inventive direction — something that sounds slightly familiar but even more alien. (Planet Mu)