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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Geological high

As noted here yesterday, Highpoint Lowlife has only added to its standing in 2009. A key element of its line-up has been 10-20, a Devon electronica-warper who book-ended the label's year: his eponymous first album emerged back in February; Lake, the second of Ed's subsequent four-EP outpouring, has been out for a week.

With it, we're now half-way through the Landforms EPs. Mountains & the physical Isthmus (7" blue vinyl!) are to follow in the new year.

The boldness of this series underlines HPLL's qualities - its ambition, its spurning of a set 'sound', its mobility & speed, its openness to different channels. Having the highly connected & admired Thorsten Sideboard at its helm is clearly a major driver of these.

In turn, Landforms' excellence repays HPLL's investment. Dense, detailed, insistent, the series so far is exemplified by the outstanding hallow (from Island, the first of the EPs): swelling, pulsing organs & then a virtuoso piece of sample-slicing are grafted at odd angles on to a ultra-dry bed of offbeats, augmented by little explosive snatches...

10-20 > Boat (from Lake, HPLL) > hallow (from Island, HPLL) > arcadeagle (from 10-20, HPLL; re-up)

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