Balam Acab / Konx-Om-Pax @ CCA, 8 October
In a sprawling electronic set which defies easy categorization, Konx-Om-Pax draws heavily on debut Regional Surrealism, but also delves into his back catalogue, with beats from his early Optimo Tracks EP, and a healthy dose of sinuous, graceful future-bass, previously unheard. His impressive animated visuals feature slow pans over strange alien planetscapes and a trip through a seemingly DMT-induced celestial pinball machine. It's club music for brains and ears, rather than feet, and works an absolute treat, the enraptured audience watch and listen in reverent silence.
Tri-Angle's Balam Acab plays a blissed out, organic synthesis of dusty vinyl pops and crackles, mixed with rushing and dripping water, the whisper of falling leaves and pitch-bent vocal samples over narcotic post-dubstep beats. With kaleidoscopic visuals which overlay autumnal forest scenes on trembling skeins of water and reflected dawn light, his set feels like the moment eight hours into an acid trip where you realise the rocks and trees are breathing.
At times his music feels intense and fractured, at others it's soothing, psychedelic and sublime – a beautiful warmth in it, far from the cold, majestic emotions evoked by fellow sonic sculptor Holy Other. After hypnotic renditions of Fragile Hope and Oh Why, and an achingly beautiful opener in new track Don't Be Afraid, he leaves the stage before the crowd applaud, letting the performance speak for itself.