London-based composer of contemporary electronic music Alex Over is known for his moving and intricately multi-layered soundscapes. His compositions - revealing the influence of Brian Eno, the Chemical Brothers, John Hopkins and others. His music spans numerous genres and movements, including club, synth, pop and film music.
This fantastic EP came off the back of the second UK lockdown. Alex Over crafted the three tracks with real intent and careful design, taking bits of recordings from his own sound library and crafting them into genre-breaking weapons. Opener ‘Lucid’ is a brilliantly constructed track that pairs raw, lo-fi and edgy drums with serene pad work. The zoned-out melodies bring a dreamy quality to the physical grooves and make for something truly fresh. ‘Frolic’ is another bristling track that somehow fuses techno, house and breakbeat into something subtly euphoric thanks to the bright, trance-like chords. It’s experimental in design but hugely effective, and ‘Coaxing’ closes down the flurry of breaks. They’re packed with energy that then dissipates during a glassy melodic breakdown before kicking once again next to a turbocharged, face-melting bassline.
Alex Over - 002 [Perpetual Collective]
Translation: The three tracks that Alex has provided in his new EP have one thing in common. In all of the tracks, the beat structures come across as incredibly fresh, cool, groovy and anything but familiar. I salute each and every one and would sample them to simply let them run on the fourth plate. I feel the rest of the tracks have flat synths, partly overloaded arrangements and a hectic mood. But the beats are crazy.