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Keith Worthy

Abstract Frequencies

Aesthetic Audio
There are echoes of the solemn synths from Ron Trent’s ‘Altered States’ bubbling beneath the surface on ‘Rarified Air’, but Keith Worthy is far too accomplished to produce a pastiche. Instead, he deploys a pulsing, Italo-inspired bass and icy soundscapes, creating a combination that makes nods to the past as well as pushing Detroit dance music forward. Worthy has also had the good sense to commission some impressive remixes; the Steve Tang take is a sleek but pulsing techno groove, while Jamal Moss manages the rare feat of balancing his noisy, abrasive sound with a club-friendly bass. It’s a triumph of the considered over the primal, and one of many high points here.