5 out of 5
Label: Central Processing Unit
Produced by: 96 Back?
Good golly. I’m not exactly electronic-styles literate, but if you were to ask me what I dreamed up the venerated “Sheffield sound” – which Sheffield label CPU has been actively updating with a modern roster of artists from all non-Sheffield locals – 96 Back matches those dreams and improves upon them all the more. This 20ish minute EP is a swirl of 90s Genesis-era bleeps layered atop with the best of a raw, synth sound. That can be twisted to something a bit darker, as on opener 000, or more house-informed with the repeated vocals of 050, or the icy glitch of 085 and 100; whichever variation it’s genius stuff. 96 Back (aka Evan Majumdar-Swift) gives his base beat plenty of range so that its looping could play out on its own and be of interest, but then adds on ever-evolving flourishes; no track hits a dull moment.
Natch, the artist actually happens to come from Sheffield this time.