Listen….. Hyetal ‘ Diamond Islands / Diamond Islands (Boddika Remix) ‘


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‘Diamond Islands’ is the the title track and the lead single from Hyetal’s debut album ‘Broadcast’. A key player in the new wave of underground dance music, Bristol based Hyetal has grabbed the attention of many with a series of acclaimed releases on Punch Drunk, Planet Mu and Soul Motive. This opening salvo sets the tone perfectly – ominous synths, crackle and bass stabs underpin the breathy vocals of Alison Garner, punctuated by caustic kicks and snares. Hyetal explains “It was my attempt at making something stripped back, so most of its just Ali, sub bass, a drum machine and this weird atmosphere. When i wrote it i was listening to ‘Garlands’ by Cocteau twins and really stripped back Hip Hop beats”. Man of the moment Boddika provides the re-rub, a low slung rolling arpeggio diced with vocal cuts and propelled by a pulsing 4:4 rhythm all combine to create a relentless, infectious groover.

‘Broadcast’ sees Hyetal effortlessly combine such diverse influences as John Carpenter, Boards Of Canada, early 90s computer games and Prince with the sound system dynamics of cutting edge uk bass music. Hyetal represents a new wave of post-Blake darklight musicians sitting comfortably in a world populated by both Oneohtrix Point Never, Games and Salem. It’s a truly seismic achievement and is sure to cement Hyetal’s status as one of the most exciting new producers of recent times – able to both ignite dance floors and excite armchair enthusiasts.

Pitchfork… Bristol-based producer Hyetal is readying his debut LP, Broadcast, for a May 2 release via Black Acre. Before that, he’ll put out a single for album track “Diamond Islands” on the same label on April 4.

Fact Mag….. With his album Broadcast looming on the horizon, Bristol’s Hyetal drops a taste of what the LP might offer; new single ‘Diamond Islands’ an atmospheric, synth-swept example of just why he’s one of electronic music’s most widely acclaimed new producers.

Whilst recent releases on Punch Drunk and Build have seen Hyetal opt for a more club-focussed approach to his hardwired synthesizer lines and rattling drums, ‘Diamond Islands’ is cut from a different; albeit ultimately recognisable, cloth. Those vivid piano chords are Hyetal from the off, but the reverberating percussion is straight from the ’80s, while the breathy vocals draw from the same gene pool that seems to have fed some of modern dubstep’s most popular releases. It’s four and a half minutes of blissful escapism that should have fans waiting for Broadcast with bated breath. And honestly? That’s the least Hyetal deserves. written by Mike Coleman

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