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TLM089 | 2014-01-27  
Canada's Tomas Jirku rose to prominence in the millennial heyday of minimalism, releasing his first album on the seminal Force Inc. imprint in the year 2000. Since having relocated to Vancouver, he's refined and expanded his sound, as evidenced on his latest outing here for Thoughtless. Building off the atmospheric spin on his recent Deepchild remix, Solaris 2002's shuffling rhythms provide the perfect backdrop for Jirku's compellingly serpentine analog melodies, which serve to conjure images of the classic science fiction remake to which the title pays homage. Recent Berlin transplant Kenneth Scott follows releases for Touch of Class and Mo's Ferry with a floor-focused analog rework driven forward by a dynamic arrangement, while emerging Vancouver audio-visual duo The Automatic Message deliver a no-holds-barred techno interpretation that clearly shows why they were recently booked to perform at Berghain. Taking inspiration from Tarkovsky's original cinema classic, Solaris 1972 closes the release with a shadowy take on Jirku's analog-generated dreamscapes, polyrhythmic bleeps and bass embraced by nebulous pads like ghosts adrift in space. Tomas combines his accomplished sense of timing and emptiness with unabashed futurism in a way that effortlessly evokes the same sense of longing established by the classic films that inspired it...

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