Alias – Pitch Black Prism
Heralding a switch from his MPC-based productions to the more synthetic sounds of the Native Instruments Machine, there is a certain linearity to the drum programming on opener Ghost Cloudz that almost makes you yearn for the offbeat cadences and analogue fuzz of Alias' earlier work. Then Crimson Across It, featuring a feral, schizophrenic performance from Doseone kicks in, and all doubts are demolished, as Dose spits in a terrifying array of voices over a low-slung, bass-heavy beat.
The icy synths and minimal trap drums of Amber Revisions nod to witch house and post-dubstep. When Alias explores these ethereal realms in greater depth on Joseph Greenleaf Mornings and Vallejo's Sapphire Views, the results are impressive. Indiiggo, with Therese Workman, is a claustrophobic, dubbed-out slice of electro-pop. Its closing tracks stroll through more Warp-like territory, with shades of BoC, Aphex Twin and Plaid, exploring familiar realms in a way that is uniquely Alias.