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Artist: Mustard Tiger
Label: Addictech Records
Release Date : October 13th, 2014
Catalog # ADDICTECH084
File Under: Glitch Hop, IDM
Algernon Renton is one of those guys who could do just about anything if they put their mind to it. As it happens, Renton has been a high roller in the Australian psy-trance scene since he started producing, releasing a whole catalog of material under the name Positive Thought. Since about 2010, he’s been making waves in the glitch-hop scene as Mustard Tiger, as well as crushing minds with his additional collaboration project Staunch. Following a string of well-received EPs and singles, “Textures” is the first Mustard Tiger full-length.
Given his years of studio experience, it comes as no surprise that the Mustard Tiger debut album is so fully realized. The production is perfectly balanced. It’s dynamic but smooth, psychedelic but grounded. There are clearly humorous moments, like the potato chip crunch on “Kaiser Sosage” or the “hang up and try your call again” telephone operator sample on “Richter,” matched by the absurd fun of his ever-evolving wonky-squonk glitch-hop instrumentals, but despite all the sophisticated processing of which he shows himself capable, he never loses the plot and gives into sheer lunacy.
Although main stage block rocking beats abound, each one easily extractable as singles, Textures is clearly an artistic endeavor in the concept of the album as form. The album retains an omnipresent tasteful quality while Renton’s bends the sounds of funky guitar, saxophone, and electric piano, jazzy upright bass and flute, and soulful vocal samples to his will, while the track selection is mindful to create a logical aural narrative from start to finish.
The title of 5-minute long opening track “Intro” removes all doubt as to its album-based intention, setting the stage with its punchy bass guitar, Motown vocal cues, and offbeat piano and sax stabs. “Code Blue” brings the album to a logical conclusion, a seriously minded downtempo glitch track marked by emotional electric piano, sorrowful guitar, and bluesy vocal samples. In between, “Kaiser Sosage” presents the album’s most dramatic moment, with impertinent slap bass, reversing sax lines, freewheeling electric piano flourishes, and a bubbling bass, while the title track “Textures” fulfills its promise with slick bass guitar, raunchy synth bass, manicured drums, and get-up vocal edits, with atmospheric effects filling in the gaps.
It’s far too easy to put Textures on, and let it ride for the whole 50 minutes. Though the sound palette remains consistent throughout, the arrangements are ever-evolving, presenting them in new and exciting ways that Mustard Tiger sure knows how to funk it up.
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