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Robert Logan - Flesh
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Robert Logan


Slowfoot Records

Released: 25th September 2015 | 14 track leftfield/idm album

Composer and producer Robert Logan's first album 'Cognessence' [2007] prompted an array of rave reviews and favourable comparisons to some of the giants of electronic music. Still only 19 at the time he was described as ...;something of a prodigy...; a man that is already showing a maturity and a musical/textural understanding that many simply never find. [BBC]. A second album 'Inscape' and a clutch of EP's garnered yet more praise and cemented his reputation as an artist with immense talent.

His recent 'Extasis EP' marked his first solo release five years, a period in which he diverted his attentions to his blossoming career in soundtrack work and notable collaborations with the likes of Brigitte Fontaine, Grace Jones, Steve Roach and Skye [Morcheeba]. The EP received support and praise from the likes of BBC6, Igloo, Sound Colour Vibration, DJ Mag and Vinyl Factory to name a few.

The follow up 'Flesh' is Logan's third full-length album and sees him further develop his idiosyncratic sound whilst continuing to open up new possibilities within the field of electronic music. As ever, Logan's methodology is rooted in an obsessive desire to push the technology at his disposal to the limit - all his sounds are created from scratch or are created by deconstructing found sounds and acoustic instruments through extreme digital processes. Moreover, most of the album is composed using quarter tones, an experiment which is most in evidence on tracks that feature contributions from Andy Knight [Emporor's New Clothes] on pocket trumpet. Other contributors include Sarah Sarhandi on viola and drummer Frank Byng [Snorkel, Prescott] who guests on the first three tracks and is a nod to his live band set up. This contrast between 'live' instrumentation and his own digital methods taps into some of the themes that Logan is exploring in the music and that give the album its title - ideas about flesh and spirit, technology and nature, mind and matter.

The music on offer ranges from the melodic and garage inspired bounce of 'Phrack', the sophisticated dark grooves of 'Viker Raver' and 'Straighten', the complex and breathless overtures and overtones of 'Vespine Domain' and 'Spirit Wars', to his more out of the box experiments with tracks such as 'Glad Centipede', 'Cyborg Horn' and 'Playground'

"Flesh is like a lot of things, and yet it has a personality, a usefulness, a quality all to itself. Recommended."
Louder Than War
"Flesh, his third album, a musical object so radical and daring it seems not to belong to his time."
"meticulously produced, methodical and brilliant."
"The album's velocity has the stability of a high-wire walker, but despite outbreaks to the contrary, Logan's ammunition isn't stuck on autofire. Methodical pincer movements puncture sceneries like balloons, and Logan layers technology like a game of skyscraper-high Jenga ('Photovoltaics')… …Logan is out for his pound of 'Flesh', and once again comes back quids in. 8/10"
Matt Oliver, Clash
"Flesh exemplifies a conspicuous degree of confidence and assurance. What's particularly noteworthy is that, although the hour-long collection draws upon myriad styles, among them IDM, funk, folk, classical, and electronica, Logan fuses them fluidly such that no one style asserts itself to the exclusion of others."
"If you haven’t heard his work yet, you’re in for a treat."
Space and Sound
"…a challenging but ultimately rewarding listen; initially jolting yet meditative, the shadows it creates lure you into an all-encompassing world of unsettling dreams and hallucinogenic scenes. This is uncomfortable in a manner that intrigues and delights as much as it scares – go on, I dare you."
Digital Fix