Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Connection Error - Cygnus (Craigie Knowes)

Title: Connection Error
Artist: Cygnus
Label: Craigie Knowes
Cat Number: CKNOWEP23
Genre: Electro

A1: Ebony Starlight
A2: My Secret Data
A3: Metroid C64
B1: Connection Error
B2: Votoms

Cygnus, aka Philip Washington, (along with sundry other American electro affiliates), hails from Texas; a part of the United States which sees itself as that little bit different from the rest and sits just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Conscious or not, the climatic influence is strong on this one, as Cygnus’ music contains within it panoramas of humid, nocturnal ambience and, in its funkier moments, (which are ever-present), feels tailor-made to cruise around dark, wide avenues while being bumped. Not only is Cygnus prolific, but he’s also endlessly inventive. His mood setting is masterful and way with synths sublime. Impossible to pick a favourite, but the evocative keys of the title track have stayed with me.

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