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Matt O’Brien

Flourish

Curle
8.0
O’Brien doesn’t release a lot of material, but each of his records is well worth a listen. ‘Flourish’ is the UK producer’s first outing in a while and marks a departure in his sound. While the title track is DJ-friendly, the rhythm is more subtle than usual and there’s an unexpected interplay between O’Brien’s pulsing bass and dreamy synths. ‘Resolve’ is far more esoteric and is led by a series of breakdowns, while best of all, the stepping ‘Balance’ features trippy acid lines and shimmering synths redolent of Ron Trent’s ‘Altered States’.