Title: Communications System EP
Artist: DJ Stingray
Label: Barba Records
Cat Number: BAR005
1: Communications System
3: IP Ping
4: Communications System (Aubrey Remix)
Sounds like these don’t come around too often so need to be respected and treated like the otherworldly entities they are. Here DJ Stingray carries the torch once more for post-Drexciyan electro revisionism and does so with such eloquence that he may have invented his own sub-genre in the process. The title track is my personal pick, having more layers than a silk kimono and containing just as much mystery. Both ‘Lurker’ and ‘IP Ping’ feel a little starker due to resolute beats, but unfurl in their own sweet way to more than fill any void. Aubrey’s remix feels patchy, and the result of an incomplete fusion of two different tracks that doesn’t quite come off. It might be a grower though.