Release Date: Oct 30, 2012
Record label: Planet Mu
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
Alan ‘Ital Tek’ Myson’s stylistic arc as a producer goes something like this: Aphex Twin and Squarepusher influence glitchy dance music > glitchy dance music meets wobbly dubstep > wobbly dubstep meets garage and futuristic hip-hop > all this becomes a garage/hip-hop/Chicago house braincloud that’s both sweet and melodic. That last part brings us to ‘Nebula Dance’, the Brighton resident’s third album and a handy tool if you’re the sort of person who likes to argue to your palsthat music is currently in ‘a post-everything era’. If these pals enjoy bugging out to clusters of dizzying breakbeats and/or swooning, sad house chords, so much the better.Noel Gardner .
Brighton producer Alan Myson is frequently referred to as a dubstep musician, even in his own promotional materials. This made sense in 2007 when he was releasing early Ital Tek singles like "Blood Line", a track that had more of an aggressive horror-movie-soundtrack atmosphere than most dubstep of the time, but still fit the general outlines of the form. These days, though, it's an inaccurate, not to mention unimaginative, way to describe an artist who over course of an armful of releases the past five years has become impressively adept at shrugging off the constraints of genre identification.
I have always felt a little bit ambivalent about debstep. I have friends whose opinions on music I trust who swear up and down that dubstep is the future of electronic dance music. I have other friends whose tastes I trust that denounce dubstep as a rank fad. I am not sure where I stand on the issue, but I see where both sides are coming from.
Remember when it seemed like everyone was incorporating footwork into their beats? While that storm might have died down a bit in 2012, it's produced some of the most inventive electronic music of the past few years. Emerging from behind the shadows of Machinedrum's infallible Room(s) comes Brighton producer and Planet Mu label mate Alan Myson. His previous work as Ital Tek has flitted between neon dubstep and glitch-hop, but last year's Gonga EP melded those fungal psychedelics with the manic jitters of footwork.