Steve Stoll ‎– Hyperrealism Part 3

Earwiggle ‎– EAR 002
Vinyl, 12"


A1 Hyperrealism Part 3
B1 Machine Riot
B2 Stained



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March 26, 2012

This was an unexpected return from a true hero and torch carrier of techno music. The Hyperrealism affair was kicked off some fifteen years ago and has now resurfaced on the fairly little known imprint, Earwiggle. However, keeping in mind whose name is written across the vinyl, let's get down to the bottom of it all: the music.

The title track is a tension amounting minimal banger with an uneasily teasing acid bass line. Steadily rolling techno goodness, with insane bass drops and clinically modulated crescendos/breakdowns throughout. In brief, this is exactly as good as the finest moments of his own Proper NYC back catalog. Steve Stoll is riding the chariots of fire and discharging lightning bolts accompanied by thunder rolls the size of a genetially mutated leviathan.

Machine Riot keeps up the heat level with an incessant chain saw guitar riff like bass line tearing right through the heart, and getting ran over by mildly paced four to the funkin' four beats. Got that right, Steve drops the funk, through aggressive riffs, vociferous layers and inexorable percussion. Bottom line is that Machine Riot will jump start the party like a canister of gin and juice inside Snoop Dogg's Chevy convertible. A true to form slammer!

After an energy overdose provided by the previous two numbers, we're treated to a broken beat piece. Mind you though, as mr. Stoll obviously still knows his acid quite well, dusting off the TB-303 like an old reliquary before an important ceremony. Psychedelic passages, a completely tripped out female vocal and a space age guitar riff. Whoa! This needs to be played on a high quality pair of speakers, in a post peak of the night atmosphere, with the lights dimmed. It will do wonders...

After one too many ambient albums to count in recent years, Steve Stoll hits hard and hits the home run without trouble. "Hyperrealism Part 3" is not only a nod to his glorious past, but a path opener for new exciting undertakings and future projects. For someone who has been around for as long as he has, let me assure you that the quality rate of his material has not deteriorated and that his proverbial diligence and dedication to the music are stamped all over this release. Do not sleep.