Moscow artist Island Near the Clouds drops his Retronym debut in the form of Influence EP, delivering an excellent showcase of choppy beatcraft, swirling soundscapes and well nuanced voices and other sample work which gradually and seamlessly pulls in and out of the distance.
INtC also pays direct homage to a few of his inspirators. Hills West’s Skydreamer is placed into an echo chamber and blended with jilted Xhale beats, whilst Aphex Twin’s understated classic Stone in Focus is given some patient treatment with steady percussion and subtle effects.
Influence EP ends on a beautiful note with Trying To Remember, the rotary synths and distant activity provide the capability to put you in a headphase.
Prepare to be influenced with this free download.