Patten "Fire Dream"
Mysterious UK producer Patten is a few weeks away from issuing his debut LP, GLAQJO XAACSSO (artwork above), on the No Pain in Pop imprint, and has passed along this track to give us a taste of what's to come. "Fire Dream" is a dark, murky outing that hides what could be an almost tender culmination of synths under layers of buzzing distortion and blown-out drums. The tune accumulates layers of grainy percussion and incomprehensible vocal whisperings as Patten tests the listener's patience a bit with the slow-brewing swirl that makes up the track's first three-plus minutes. Eventually, a monstrously overdriven drum machine takes over the proceedings, and comparison to Actress' deeply hazy, meandering techno could be made—making it clear why fans of noise-laden, quasi-leftfield house and techno have been anticipating the release of Patten's forthcoming debut on September 26.