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At first listen, Hypo is a dense, challenging work to dive headfirst into, an abrasive burst of darkly colored synths and restlessly sinister polyrhythms. The title track and opener sets the stage for the monstrous album which follow. A hollow blast of gutted feedback gives way to an off-kilter riff before a relentless kick and cymbal pattern drag the whole tune into a frenetic display of firepower. Once the initial shock wears off, there’s a dense, beautifully layered tune in "Hypo," one that rewards close attention and could very well induce nightmares.
Vincent Parker is one of Vancouver’s most prolific and idiosyncratic artists: you’re as likely to find him booked at an ambient show as a noise show as a synth show as a dubstep(ish) show, but there’s a few reasons for that. First would be his versatility: the dude can do everything from, well, drone to noise to hip-hop to something resembling other forms of dance music without ever quite conceding to their conventions.

"Cyrillian" begins RESPECANIZE (part one), the first of Vancouver’s weirdest knob-twiddling wizard Vincent Parker's series of self-made, self-released albums. The track showcases a more immediate turn towards dancefloor-friendly sounds-- imagine the overdriven, spazzy boom-bap of recent American instrumental hip-hop ratcheted up about ten notches, and then reduced down to a viscous concentrate.

As "Cyrillian" pulses to life, it sounds as if it's in danger of exploding, with everything seemingly under control when the drums finally drop into the picture from the sky. They can only hold in the chaos for so long, as Parker’s serrated frequencies hiss and burst into squalls of white noise and harsh squeaks. Did I mention that it's pretty damn catchy, too? With "Cyrillian", Parker proves how well he can translate abstract noise tendencies into melodic dance music.


This album is dirty. Proverbially dirty, of course – Vincent Parker’s newest release is oozing with style, substance, and sheer electronic filth. RESPECANIZE part one is a haunting and volatile journey through some perverted ethereal synthetic machine, twisting and churning the ears of any listener into a fuzzy, discordant mess.

Parker makes some dark, deep, ambient techno that screeches and burns yet soothes and sings. It’s an interesting clash of nonsense and fantastic rhythm – a successful tour de musique – without forming a “niche” group of listeners. The album’s opener “Cyrilian” may deter certain listeners with its initial fluctuation of heavy bass and perfect percussion, but those who venture further into RESPECANIZE and its mysterious nature will surely be pleased by the sheer variety of tones and arrangements Parker puts out in his step sequencer of choice.

The album’s final two tracks, “Slither” and “Live No Lie,” are the album’s high point, perfectly closing the effort with an undeniable catchiness. Despite being generally slower on the front-half of the release, Parker packs a punch for the last stretch of the album with a far more satisfying array of synthetic squeals.

Parker’s outdone himself with this RESPECANIZE part one. For those looking to grind their ears with assaulting bass, or those simply wanting to dance and transcend into an electronic abyss, it’s a fantastic example of ambient and experimental techno done right.