As a name your price download you really can’t beat the value here. Andy Paterson, who usually operates as the Audiologist and Altered:Carbon, where chiseled electronic blocks flow into bite size chunks, now offers us Shadow Priest which steers towards a more organic dubbed hip-hop sound dynamic with tracks in the one to three-minute range.
These shortened pieces do not take away from the in-depth production, in fact they seem to add to the overall flare, shifting around effortlessly in scrumptious layers of downtempo grittiness. Fractured, spliced and intermixed with funk contours, Street Theatre unfolds its laid-back groove via 17-tracks of emotive bliss, ambient intonations and tethered samples. Incorporating early-era Deru, Amon Tobin and a few darker hues like Witchman, this is an impacting collection to say the least. Without delving into the entire package—although each track does have a particular glimmer—Street Theatre is choke full of sparkling audio debris. Highlights come in various spurts including “Eightyfour,” “No Introduction,” “Sun,” “Love,” “Veh1″ and “Trapped in Amber”—all engaging in their own unique way. “Benson & Hedges,” on the other hand, takes you back to 70s funk as its opening seconds resemble Boards Of Canada’s “Nlogax” interestingly enough.
While the artist dips into an abstract percussive trove, it’ll be very interesting to see where Shadow Priest heads next. These brief musical snapshots break into expansive bits rising right up to the top of our list of essential chilled-out listening. [Igloo Magazine]