Best Available Technology is the project of Kevin Palmer, a Portland-based producer who has released several LPs and EPs over the past five years or so. Exposure Therapy is "as expansive as it is intensely personal," the label explains.
Over the last three decades, Palmer has been experimenting with how to express a deep affection for a sound that was always thousands of miles away growing up, and this is said to be his distinctive vision of that era. Palmer's abiding love for a specific moment in New York's musical history is also driven with a looming anxiousness as if he's unsure of how best to act as a conduit for a time he experienced by proxy. "The physical distance and insecurity lend something unique to Exposure Therapy, sounding as if the high-pitched peal of graffiti-covered subway cars and the persistent din of traffic endemic to boom bap-era New York were beamed to another world," the label continues.
The album will arrive on Styles Upon Styles, and the Brooklyn-based label "provides the perfect canvas for B.A.T.'s brush strokes on the LP," which Palmer describes as "a complex meditation on the golden age of New York hip-hop." It juxtaposes "ambient, dub, hip-hop beats and left-field techno," while simultaneously celebrating "the sonic triumphs of the NYC boom-bap sound and mourning its passing temporality through morphed and decayed productions."
In advance of the LP's June 2 release, "Session 4190"— a smoked out, introspective, and moody lo-fi beat—can be streamed in full below.
01. Session 10670
02. Session 11673
03. Session 9177
04. Session 7780
05. Session 4190
06. Session 6192
07. Session 92197
08. Session 111101