Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Techno, Dubstep
This album by the UK producer Jack Gibbons, better known by his stage name Ipman, came to my attention when The Glitch Mob cosigned the artist onto their label Glass Air. This is the first time that The Glitch Mob has signed an artist onto their label that has no direct ties to the group. In the UK, the album is signed to the Label Tectonic Recordings, created by UK producer DJ Pinch.
I became truly intrigued by this album when The Glitch Mob released the song “Y” on their Soundcloud a few weeks ago. The use drum samples and crunchy synthetic noises created an electronic symphony that could not be ignored.
The album itself is interesting. Some of the songs begged to be played at full volume, while others seem to lay flat for me. The first song “Regicide” sets the tone as an electronic punch in the face. With a slower and more aggressive drum and bass influenced beat which included a bass line that pulsates within the drum samples and synthesizer to gives an unsettled feel, this song is an absolute banger. Comfort is not found in the next track “Technicolor” as once again, Ipman creates an eerie textural sounds that lead into a more techno style beat.
“Gravity” is a heart racing song that’s repetitive kicks produce an unworldly feel. This piece progresses in a fashion that has heavy influenced by techo, creating a more club style sound. The next song “IPA” is probably my sleeper pick of the album. It starts with what seems to be a very “jazz-café” style sound with HEAVY bass, but progresses into a very strong electronic lo-fi sounding techno beat that is extremely catchy.
“Y” I found to be a forward thinking song with a great beat, synth and samples. The progression on this song is a refreshing contrast to “Last One In The In The” to be my favorite song on the album. This song is followed by “O” which seems to be used to bridge the gap in the progression of “YOU” as a full composition. It also is the only song that seems to create a more experimental ambient sound. This is followed by a wet sounding electronic noise that immediately disturbs and intrigues the ear. “U” is overall a more trance like vibe that then develops into a strong beat that pulsates for the rest if the song. Lastly, “Strong Ones” ends the album on a positive note with another memorable song that is very aggressive. The high notes throughout the song give the catchy beat a very strong kick that creates drives the song all the way to the end.
Overall, I found this album to be a good listen. Some drawbacks to it were the length of some of the songs, but most techno songs are typically longer in length. This LP has few misses for me, but it also has more than its fair share of winners. Ipman has a very unique sound, there is no doubt about that, and if you like a grungy electronic techno sounds with kick ass drum beats, give Depatterning by Ipman a listen.
Favorite songs: Regicide, IPA, Y, Strong Ones
Least favorite: O, Last One In The In The