John Tejada ~ Logic Memory Center
Sometimes hearing music for the first time can be as refreshing as diving into a cool, clear lake on a blazing summer’s day. So it is with Logic Memory Center’s clinical beats, each curt pulse honed to a scalpel-like sharpness, matched to a sonic palette that’s as vivid as a coral reef’s marine life. Throughout there’s a faint thrill of menace that serves as flipside to the funk that measures every angle. Fifth track, This Fake Place, adds off-kilter skronk, as though a sliver of something organic had been caught in the music’s smoothly-lubricated synchromesh. Whether the vocals (by Kimi Recor, James Figurine and Carl Finlow) that are added to three of the ten tracks are an unnecessary encumbrance or provide welcome flavour will be up to the individual listener. Certainly, in contrast to the vivacious punch and bounce of the beats, the singers sound for the most part weary and paranoid like a species in its twilight years. The press release bandies names like Luke Vibert and Richie Hawtin about, but this music sounds much closer to Akufen, Jan Jelinek in Farben form or the funkier moments of Mille Plateaux’s Clicks and Cuts compilations. John Tejada’s Tech-House, the not-so-awkward offspring of Detroit and Chicago, knows the exact voltage - microns wide - that will shiver servos, gears and solenoids into syncretic life. Logic Memory Center is die-cut, precision welded, state-of-the-art stuff.