¥837 somatic responses. folding space. cd. february2k16.




metaphysical modelling *.mp3
janufonk *.mp3
inharmonic discourse (dpo mix) *.mp3
televised death vote *.mp3
glimmer return *.mp3
mop up the fizzy pop *.mp3
over the limit *.mp3
folding space *.mp3
life cycle *.mp3
metaphysical modelling (eclipse mix) *.mp3
coldway (ambient mix) *.mp3
simple pleasures, complex systems *.mp3
a battle for a scorched planet *.mp3

upc 821272216926
release date: 11february2k16

five years after the breathtaking album 'concrete glider' hymen records is proud to present a new masterpiece from the welsh duo: 'folding space'. throughout the fourteen tracks somatic responses introduce a heavy crossfire of various electronic music styles between cinematic ambient soundscapes, melodic acid influenced technoid electro, aggressive idm / breakbeat and powerful industrial. gentle harmonies, abstract syncopation and frenetic distorted beat patterns drastically take turns resulting in a diversified kaleidoscope of moods within more than 75 minutes.

once again somatic responses have produced an excellent album which is harsh and subtle at the same time and which combines nocturnal gloom with radiant luminance. highly recommended.




it’s never that easy to talk about john and paul healy’s music, better known as somatic responses, as, although during their whole career, moving from hardcore techno to the golden age of rhythmic noise (for what they’re best known) to their current formula, their focus on the rhythm, folded in infinite different ways, has always been evident, their music has always escaped from easy genres cataloguing, as well as their complex rhythmic architectures, always different, continually disassembled and reassembled in a postmodern and post-industrial way, have always been difficult to set, several miles away from any hypothesis of placement. in their music, including that contained in this very good folding space, released a dozen of days ago by the historic label hymen records, ant zen’s sublabel, that elusiveness and that initial difficulty in totally understanding their music that characterize their whole oeuvre emerges once again, fully revealing itself, only after several listenings, in its completeness and in its complexity, returning to the listener the feeling of listening to a small masterpiece that alternates idm, ambient, techno and rhythmic noise and that, if it’s true that music doesn’t only represent itself but also a geographical area, a social and cultural context and many more, also returns everything that is around somatic responses’s music, their city ammanford, that in the past was a mining city, located in the southern wales. as well as the miners endlessly contribute in modifying the structure of the mine by means of their pickaxes, the two rhythm artisans continually deconstruct it, subsequently constructing it again in a neverending process that always returns new solutions, aiming at exploring the endless sonic possibilities. however, somatic responses aren’t simply rhythm explorers, but also smart alchemists of the possibilities offered by the synthesizers, creating an awesome example of communication among synthetic acid landscapes and intelligent rhythmic structures. nowadays, somatic responses focus less on the use of the classic rhythmic industrial trademarks and more on an approach closer to certain “english idm”, without losing their unique formula and without distancing too much their approach from the “german” one. in fact, folding space is an alternation of compositions more linked to the “english sound”, such as coldway, metaphysical modeling and inharmonic discourse (dpo mix) and others more linked to the “german sound”, such as televised death vote and, in particular, life cycle, with its powerful distortions that the enthusiasts of a certain sound will adore, but the album can also be thought of as a sort of journey (also thanks to a very smart tracklist choice) that begins with episodes influenced by autechre’s idm lesson, progressively shifting towards a darker and more physical sound, progressively abandoning (without never totally doing it) that “bedroom-artificial sound” that sometimes lacks a bit of incisiveness. this is the difference between the welsh’s music and the english intelligent classic sound. in their music there’s a good balance between physicality and abstraction, and there’s also a tribute paid to kraftwerk in the coldway’s ambient mix, in which more than something of the “german masters” can be listened. folding space is a very good example that doesn’t have boring moments and that, even after several listenings, can unveil some additional element; an album in which several solutions perfectly coexist; an album that often demonstrates to go over the limit, succeeding in doing it. although it can be useless to specifically talk about every single episode, the very particular melodic idea of the already quoted inharnomic discourse (dpo mix) should be quoted, moving between the darker side of aphex twin and a likewise incisive and well thought techno beat, but here the most interesting element is the melodic inharmonic idea, an element that allows the listener to remember it. in the titletrack, there’s a frenzied, agitated and rough drum ‘n bass-derived very fast rhythm, the critique of televised death vote, this one a less idm and more post-industrial episode, the already quoted perfect dialogue between the retro synth ideas and the raw rhythmic industrial of life cycle and many, many more. folding space is an album that switches on again the attention to somatic responses, extremely prolific musicians but unfortunately far from the public eye (maybe for the physicality and the heaviness of their formula, elements that are, at the same time, their strenghts), besides being a very good release for hymen / ant zen that, listening to the high quality of this album (and not only this one), makes us expect a lot from them during this 2016. that of somatic responses, until now, is one of the best albums of the current year. (alessandro violante)



si folding space, le nouvel opus du duo gallois john et paul healy aka somatic responses commence par un track electro aux consonances fortement nineties, aux rondeurs agréables et presque classiques qui n’est pas sans évoquer kraftwerk, ce n’est que pour mieux tromper l’auditeur quand à leurs véritables intentions. depuis leurs débuts, les frères healy n’ont cessé de déconstruire et de reconstruire la musique électronique dans sa très large palette, du hardcore en passant par l’idm, le breakbeat, l’ambient, l’indus ou la techno. avec folding space, somatic responses nous offre un concentré de virtuosité et de maestria dans les styles suscités, et plus encore, capable de défoncer la formule de n’importe quel titre pour l’entrainer vers un ailleurs qu’il n’était pas censé prendre au départ, faisant virevolter les rythmiques avec une intelligence rare, passant d’un style à un autre avec une aisance affolante, bâtissant des structures gorgées de magnificence industrielle et de sauvagerie futuriste, de froideur incisive et de rugosité monstrueusement hypnotique. 14 tracks qui nous font voyager dans l’histoire des musiques électroniques, qu’elle soit issue du passé, du présent ou du futur, auréolée de richesse sculpturale, d’émotivité agressive et de beauté enveloppante. un must dans le genre. vital. (roland torres)

somatic responses discography on hymen records 02.2016:
folding space. cd. hymen records ¥837. 2016
concrete glider. cd. hymen records ¥796. 2011
neon. cd. ¥775. 2010
digital darkness. cd. ¥764. 2008
giauzar ep. 12". ¥053. 2006
pounded mass. cd / lp. ¥741 / ¥048. 2005
touching the void. cd / lp. ¥723 / ¥039. 2002
augmented lines. cd / lp. ¥713 / ¥030. 2001
revula. lp, ¥018. 1999
circumflex. cd. ¥705. 1999
please take a look at the s.r. website for a full discography.

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