Sigha: Living With Ghosts – album reviewSigha Living With Ghosts (Hotflush Records)
Out 19th Nov

Sigha first entered our consciousness in late 2008 when he emerged from the shadows of dubstep & entered the world of techno. A few years later & here he is with his newest, and possibly best release according to Bert Random.

Techno is a weird word these days. The music that originally clanked out of derelict 80’s Detroit seems a million miles away from the EDM-branded chart-friendly pop-dance that purports to draw on this oft-maligned but crunchingly resilient genre of dance music. Real techno, true techno, is one of those things that is often hard to describe – but you just know it when you hear it. And if you want to hear some of 2012s deepest darkest techno in all its otherworldly glory then Sigha’s first album ‘Living With Ghosts’ is a fine place to start.

Stretched over twelve tracks this London based DJ / Producer uses the space and time afforded to him by the Hotflush label (run by the UKs grumpiest techno-don, Scuba, whose ‘Personality’ album is good fun despite the scowl), to explore atmospheres and textures, as well as lead-heavy machine beats. The tracks ‘Mirror’ and ‘Suspension’ made me flashback to the work of mid-90s sound architect Scanner, with their drifting washes of ambient noise, the difference here being the sub-bass tones pulsating deep down, forceful enough to surreptitiously blow your speakers if you’re not careful.

The standout tune comes third in the set; ‘Puritan’ has a subterranean throb of kickdrum and bass that is deeper than the Krubera Cave. It’s a noise that surrounds you, enveloping you as if you are in the artificial womb of a horrific yet comforting machine, with the only changes or progressions occurring almost imperceptibly. Similarly ‘Scene Couple’ locks into it’s groove from the first beat, with a lone 303 line rising and falling all the way to the fade-out. If Battersea Power Station, the M25, and an abandoned warehouse could communicate with each other this is what it would sound like.

Depending on your mood the single-mindedness of this record can feel either hypnotic or oppressive, but at least it makes you feel *something*, unlike the hollowness engendered by the cultural dominance of X-Factor tears and pre-programmed euphoria, and that in itself is enough to recommend it.

All words Bert Random. Bert is the author of \’SPANNERED’, an illustrated novel about free-parties, freaks, and friendship – for more info & to grab a copy go here.

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