Miles* ‎– Facets


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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LOVE068 Miles* Facets(12", EP, Ltd) Modern Love LOVE068 UK 2011 Sell This Version
LOVE068 Miles* Facets(4xFile, FLAC, EP) Modern Love LOVE068 UK 2011
LOVE068 Miles* Facets(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Modern Love LOVE068 UK 2011


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November 17, 2011
referencing Facets, 12", EP, Ltd, LOVE068
Over the past years, Miles Whittaker‘s output has seen him traverse many musical fields, gathering a massive amount of sonic ingredients to add to his colossal bubbling cauldron, all with the aim of creating a continuous series of genre-defying and diverse tonics that curiousely seem to be linked by some underlying esoteric theme. As MLZ and one half of Pendle Coven, he delved deep into the atmospheric capabilties of Techno and House, and with collaborator Sean Canty has fused universal influences from poineering electronics to obscure ethnic sounds with Occult aesthetics under the hood of Demdike Stare. For this EP however, Mr. Whittaker has chosen simply to go by the name his Mother knows him as.

“Facets” is a record of scope, seemingly exceeding it’s 30 minute duration. The inaugral rite “Flawed” is marked by clunking. lo-fi electronic percussion reminiscent of “Draft 7.30″ era Autechre, with Whittaker exploiting his love of echo as the track melts into a beatless cycle of warm pads. The second track by comparison, is fitting of it’s title, as “Lustre” begins with a clipped euphoric vocal sample rising and falling in waves of blinding white, underpinned by sliding drumwork drenched in reverb. By the time we get to side B, proceedings take on a more sinister vibe. “Primer” is redolant of the deconstructive approach to Techno pioneered by the likes of Pan Sonic and currently being carried on by folk such as Kassem Mosse, taking the primary elements of the form apart bit by bit, and from it’s DNA creating a fumbling beast brother wearing the bells of Chicago-past round it’s swollen neck like shrunken heads. The EP’s closer “On The Fly” seems to have been made on what I can only assume to be some sort of malfunctioning equipment, a percussive synth hammering relentlessly away with shards of sharp sound bursting through as the track instensifies, completely washed over with tape hiss.

With “Facets“, the idea that neither Whitakker nor Modern Love are interested in the concept of perpetuating a formulaic standard is more apparent than ever, and are naturally more akin to creating and presenting boundless sonic excursions intent on challenging the notion that electronic music has limits.



October 8, 2011
referencing Facets, 12", EP, Ltd, LOVE068

I love this record. It's like nothing else out there. You can literally hear Miles thinking about darker places than your traditional dancefloor. Heavy stuff!
Top-notch mastering and the vinyl is much better quality than ML's earliest releases.