On the Radar: Yard One – Karman Line

Electronic duo, Yard One, are set to drop their latest release, Karman Line, on Unclear Records. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight grabs a one-way ticket.

The pair that comprise Yard One, Londoner Jordan Bruce and Mancunian Larry Jones are no strangers to working together. The released their long playerWhen Elements Collide, back in 2015 on Tact Recordings, and they’re back with a galactic bang with their latest EP, Karman Line.

Karman Line kicks of with the EP’s title track, a dreamy, sonorous affair which is rich and deeply textured with lush, sweeping pads and a driving, thudding kick. The atmosphere-heavy, cosmic production on the track is clearly intentional; the Karman line is the boundary between earth’s atmosphere and outer space, and so we are treated to the best of both worlds.

Karman Line is layered with pulchritudinous textures, which evoke a hypnosis, while the percussion keeps the listener in the room. Just as the Karman line marries the atmosphere of earth with that of space, the track blends the concrete with the ethereal to perfection.

The Warehouse mix of the track, which comes courtesy of Italian producer Simoncino, does exactly what it says on the tin. It injects the track with some real oomph, which sends the track past the Earth’s atmosphere and into the cavernous nothing of the darkest nether-regions of the universe.

Journey to the Border is yet another sonic escapade into celestial territory. The organic melds wonderfully with the machinations of synthesis in the track – the percussion complements the warm pads, as circuit bent snippets crackle playfully over the top.

Maya Schenk lays down seductive vocals over the top of the tough electro workout of final track, Yen, which completes the EP and rounds the record off perfectly, with a mesmerising synth twisting and turning around the hard-edged percussive breaks.

Yard One Karman Line is out on Unclear Records on March 31st (Vinyl) and April 28th (Digital). Check out the title track below.

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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