Now here’s a producer that treats music as Picasso did paintings. Morphamish’s works seem similarly varied in terms of both style and subject matter and he’s just as prolific. Then when it all goes cubist, his glitched up blends of fragmented bass music act like the Three Musicians packed in their gear for a sampler, synth and sequencer.
Needless to say, he’s a nutter, but the good kind that always smile as they rock back and forth to a sinewave LFO. Releases like his Urge Mode EP and productions under the project name Supasub (a collaboration with Volume’s producer/DJ/genius Paranoise) have provided the opportunity for listeners to prize open his brain and try to reason such lunacy – or alternatively just dance, cry and masturbate (often in unison). I say this because his frequently released clumps of fresh beat are effectively musical lucky bags, containing anything from benign ambiance to electronic thrashings – no doubt designed to evoke visions of some retching anarcho-punk bassist with a firecracker wedged in his poop chute.
In fact, a distaste for heavy genrefying has left his online tracks to be categorized by vague aura and general aesthetics, with sections that harbour “warmer groovers, lusher steppers and deepness” or perhaps you’re more for the “bangers, heavier rollers, dirtier shakers and nastiness” in stock on his souncloud.
The 41st release on Black Lantern’s netlabel and the prelude to several more, his Another Position EP is no exception to that rule of no rules, and moreover, the choice of name implies it could well be a rendition of the Karma Sutra in a musical score. However, it does pander more to soulful whimsy than the aggression of recent works, striking a comfortable balance and reaffirming his status as a truly versatile craftsman.
For instance, there’s a dutty little number that works well as a remix for Edinburgh’s MC Profisee and another that gives some bad-cop treatment to labelmate Full Blush, but on the other hand, the two incarnations of it’s title track (original and VIP) as well as Lookatcha seem the very picture of innocence. There’s also some valuable input from like-minded producer MAKO on their track Ooo, working out a compromise between the various vibes on the rest of the EP like an interesting argument between pad and bass that you’re content not to enjoy and not to resolve.
Something which we’d have done well to mention earlier is that this release, like most of the other works on Black Lantern, costs only what you think it should – so in turn this gratuitous plugging stems from love alone. If you’re curious to hear then there’s no reason (beyond some draconian bandwidth limit) to leave it another second before downloading, and whilst you’re there feel free to browse through any the label’s offerings in full without obligation. This remains something of a blessing as good tunes don’t often come ones way free of charge, so lap it up and ask questions later, or just lie in wait for the next wave of his EP’s due on the label soon.