2011 has been quite the year for Instra:mental. Not only has the duo's Resolution 653 album been praised as one of the year's best, but the impressive string of solo singles from Boddika has made him one of 2011's most sought-after producers. While the accolades are undoubtedly appreciated, it has created a pretty tall order for Instra:mental's other half, Jon Convex (a.k.a. Damon Kirkham), who is now stepping out on his own with this solo EP on Martyn's 3024 imprint.
Those familiar with the recent output of Instra:mental and Boddika won't find anything particularly surprising on the Convexations EP. The reverence for 808 drum sounds is still present, as is the tendency toward dark, driving beats and crunchy synths that recall vintage electro. The title track kicks off the EP with a brawny low-end and robotic, angular melodies; it's definitely the sort of tune that can keep a sweaty dancefloor moving. "Falling Again," on the other hand, is the kind of track that can take a party up a notch. Its stuttery vocal, off-kilter drum pattern, and bouncy bassline combine to create a souped-up, 2-step-leaning production with a joyous spirit at its center. The digital-only "Order into Chaos" rounds out the release, with Convex once again delving into thick, menacing electro.
The Convexations EP may not shine quite as brightly as Resolution 653 or Boddika's collective solo work, but it's a more than capable effort. With additional Jon Convex singles on the way via Naked Lunch and NonPlus+, his stature is sure to rise in the months ahead.