Hoops Unlimited 2 (GUM003)

by Blank Thomas

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GUM003 - "Hoops Unlimited 2" by Blank Thomas

Blank Thomas is a scientist. Through different devices and mechanisms a simple recording can frontline or backdrop a new ambience, forgotten synths, systems and sources can be sampled to assemble a whole new texture. His live show, which appropriately tends to include his universe distorting visuals, is as seamless as it is disjointed. Ideas might share samples or certain rhythmic patterns which help transitions appear predictably clean, but with Blank Thomas behind the controls no amount of shared information results in predictability. One second the lounge is there, the next you were shot into the ceiling and woke up on the court.

At similar lengths the short track list/long track time presentation for Hoops Unlimited 2 feels reminiscent to ambient or afro beat releases, but where these styles shoot for movement atop repetition, Blank doesn't miss a single chance to switch it all up and reprogram the listener. A spoken sample decomposes accompanied by squeaks and squeals, which then dribbles into a huge beat sprinkled with violent robot voices, only to fall back into less straightforward kick patterns that are cut short by a confusing voice sample reminiscent of a scared animal that gets swiftly transformed into the lead on the new texture; this is but a fragment of the narrative presented. Story telling through electronics is fragile and complicated, so this record goes for the triple shots with bold explosions and fast 180s instead for a very refreshing, completely live performed experience. Blank Thomas is an expert, if you close your eyes you might just feel him dribbling past you."
-Julio Prato, Grownup Music

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released August 10, 2017

All music performed live by Blank Thomas

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