Nearly 5 years hiding behind many collaborative aliases has borne many fruits for Death Proof Recordings co-owner Paul Blandford. Under the most successful guise, as one half of The Omega Men, he encountered international success, with support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Japanese Popstars and Marco Bailey. But with a new year ahead a new approach has been taken, to ply his own personal sound.
Paul’s introductory ‘Darkforme EP’ brings techno in 3 significantly differing forms, encompassing his vast tastes.Lead track ‘Haunch’ is a direct and dub-laden affair. Concrete kicks and warm, wrasping bass envelope a dramatic, emotive synth line, tense vocals and crystalesque rides, whilst dropping in and out of impatient breakdowns. ‘All In Your Head’ is the other end of the spectrum where groove presides. An atmospheric, greyscale synth and expansive popping clicks leads a muscular drumline with disjointed claps and snares all leading to a hefty breakdown where a dictating vocal takes over your cranium. And to finish ‘Manoeuvre’ brings some organic keys to proceedings, a stunning loop of the ivories washes between exacting percussion, finding its way into submerged glowing synths for a momentous end to the piece.