Barry Lynn ‎– Balancing Lakes

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ZIQ162 Barry Lynn Balancing Lakes(2xLP, Album) Planet Mu ZIQ162 UK 2008 Sell This Version
ZIQ162CD Barry Lynn Balancing Lakes(CD, Album) Planet Mu ZIQ162CD UK 2008 Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

June 11, 2012
referencing Balancing Lakes, CD, Album, ZIQ162CD

"Abort, Retry, Fail" gets into the blippery right away on Barry Lynn's collection of random tracks, gathered here as BALANCING LAKES. A cute melody gets introduced in "Something With M in It" and "Early Reflection" (both of which harken to Boards of Canada) while the frenetic breaks of "Loving Dub" and the funk bass of "Metric Cypher" suggests a Squarepusher influence. He can also strike out on his own, as with the ambient "Fieldtrip (Butterfly Pair Mix)" or the Jamaican-tinged "November Dub." It's no wonder that he finally came into his own under his Boxcutter moniker.
Headphone_Commute

Headphone_Commute

April 1, 2008
referencing Balancing Lakes, CD, Album, ZIQ162CD
Barry Lynn is a sneaky fellah, and I must admit, he almost slipped this release unnoticed by my watchful eye of his usual releases under the Boxcutter moniker. Thankfully he didn’t drift too far, and comfortably settled on his home label, Planet Mu. Well, Barry, what have we here? A delicious collection of abstract glitchy IDM, with an occasional dub track and even some breakcore - must you make me mention Squarepusher in this writeup? Ah, but I guess it all makes sense: Balancing Lakes is mostly a collection of previously unreleased material, produced in the four years prior to Boxcutter’s LP debut, Oneiric (2006). It’s no wonder that I hear influences from all of my favorite Warp artists. And in this reviewer’s opinion, some of the drill’n’bass tracks don’t even feel that dated, but are instead welcomed by a nostalgic ear. It feels like discovering an accidentally missed artist. In fact, that’s true. That artist - Barry Lynn. The only down side to the release, is that thematically it’s a bit tougher to consume as an album, rather than a collection of tracks. Doesn’t mean that I won’t be ripping it apart and flag individual selections as favorites for my rotations. Pick up your copy over at bleep dot com [I’m still fuming over iTunes attempting to slip 128kbps as acceptable medium]. Recommended if you like The Flashbulb, Aaron Spectre, Aphex Twin, and Clark. No dubstep here. Favorite track: London.