Press release by Kris Needs


Impulsion EP

PSYCHOMAT 12”/Download PSY005

Release date 17/7/17

The initial release on Jono ‘Kumo’ Podmore’s recently reactivated Psychomat imprint stood out from the pile as a deliciously enigmatic artefact, a proper seven-inch single in a luxurious sleeve that could make it a valuable antique in years to come. That promise of rampant unpredictability and electronic audacity that coursed through the grooves of ‘Miss Slipper’ is seismically built on with the enigmatic second release. ‘Stendec’ is known as the last word broadcast in Morse code from Stardust, the plane that mysteriously disappeared en route to Santiago in 1947. Nobody could work out what the broadcaster was trying to say (it’s an anagram of ‘descent’) and speculation abounded as Stardust became engulfed in UFO theories. This new EP matches that sense of mystery by unexpectedly commencing with a heartfelt, even spiritual vocal that quivers and emotes after an introductory chant as the glistening backdrop swells with eastern tinged melodies. The Vocal Mix is an electronic dream take on an acapella version, subjecting Reason Stendec to extreme stretches, bends and vocoder abuse. The AA-side tries gamely to accommodate Jono’s 9-minute Kumo Mix, a slab of unashamed banging techno that kicks like a buffalo and belches noxious acid fumes from arcane circuits that swell into an analogue meteor shower. Like ‘Miss Slipper’ it will also look lovely and be destined for future collectors’ status. Treasure them.