12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Experimental electronica that shakes you then seduces you. Befitting a duo who only answer to the names ‘D’ and ‘A’, there a few simple entry points to Patten’s music. However, repeated listens soon reveal hypnotic properties lying beneath the abrasive surfaces. “Dialler” packs comforting synth riffs within its fragmented, clattering beats, the transfixing “Used 2 Be” imagines an alien abduction of grime, and, like a restorative ice bath, Sonne’s rigid rhythms begin as bracing but quickly become energising.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Experimental electronica that shakes you then seduces you. Befitting a duo who only answer to the names ‘D’ and ‘A’, there a few simple entry points to Patten’s music. However, repeated listens soon reveal hypnotic properties lying beneath the abrasive surfaces. “Dialler” packs comforting synth riffs within its fragmented, clattering beats, the transfixing “Used 2 Be” imagines an alien abduction of grime, and, like a restorative ice bath, Sonne’s rigid rhythms begin as bracing but quickly become energising.

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About patten

Hailing from London, the enigmatic patten -- no capitalization -- is a duo consisting of individuals referred to only as D and A who produce experimental electronic music heavy on samples and layered textures. Their blown-out, abstract recordings are heavily influenced by '80s post-punk/goth as well as seminal Warp acts such as Autechre and Seefeel, with nods to more recent forms of electronic music such as grime, footwork, and deconstructed club music. Originally a solo project of just D, patten began releasing music in 2006, starting with the CD-R Lacuna. There Were Horizons was released on his Kaleidoscope label as a "pay what you like" digital download and as a limited mail-order CD-R packaged in a 7" sleeve with a foldout poster. Sketching the Tesseract was released the following year in the same fashion. He gained recognition in 2009 when his track "Version [Test Mixxx]" made waves on Internet blogs; on May 14 of that year, Pitchfork named it Best New Track with comparisons to Liquid Liquid and LCD Soundsystem. After 2011's acclaimed full-length GLAQJO XAACSSO, released on No Pain in Pop, patten signed with Warp, where he released the EP EOLIAN INSTATE (2013) and the album ESTOILE NAIANT (2014), the latter of which featured graphic design from frequent visual-artist collaborator Jane Eastlight. The year 2014 also saw the release of several Re-Edits digital EPs. In 2015, patten began performing as a duo for the first time, appearing at Warp's 25th anniversary concert in Poland. They collaborated with Hisham Bharoocha (Soft Circle), spontaneously recording an EP at London's Barbican Gallery and quickly pressing it to vinyl. Their remix of Björk's "Stonemilker" was released as a limited one-sided 12" single. The third patten full-length, Psi, appeared on Warp in 2016. ~ Jason Lymangrover & Paul Simpson

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