On The Radar: Touched Music – Covert II

Touched Music have dropped their full release charity album, Covert II, for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight is all ears.

You will undoubtedly remember a while back we featured an interview with Martin Boulton of Touched Music, regarding his up and coming release, Covert II, in aid of cancer support charity, Macmillan Cancer Research.

Well, as of March 4th the CD is available to purchase and The Waveform Transmitter can confirm that it is quite the feast for the ears. Tracks for the album have been produced completely anonymously (or at least they have been presented without any artist names attributed to them). This allows us to enjoy the music without the presumptions that knowing ‘who made what’ presents to us prior to listening.

Covert II is heavily grounded in IDM (or ‘Intelligent Dance Music’ for the uninitiated) and so we can probably have a stab at guessing who might have contributed a track to the album. The overall feeling of the work is one of coherence. Whether that is a result of producer anonymity or not is anyone’s question, but it isn’t really important. What matters is that the album works as a whole, as well as each track working on its own merit.

The fifteen tracks on the album are all wonderfully engaging, and flit between the drill and bass of opener Song in Song, dark ambience of Charred Inward, and the killer acid madness of Sharp as Usual.

Standout track for us was 47101, which flexes some serious electro muscles beat-wise, while ‘yeah’s and indecipherable super processed vocals skitter and sway over a hip-hop style rhythm. Kind of reminiscent of Knifehandchop or Kid606. But then, we’ll never know, will we?! Sadly, at only 2m 52s the track is the shortest on the album – we want more!

As with previous releases, Martin has managed to pull off something quite remarkable with his Covert II release. Not only is the album an excellent listen but it is also, quite obviously, for an incredibly good cause. We urge you to buy your copy, here.

Covert II cover art

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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