13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Much more than a simple dance record or ambient-leaning living- room listen, Jatoma’s self-titled Kompakt debut is a dizzying distillation of what it means to make electronic music in an age where producers aren’t tethered to tempos or trends anymore. Depending on the track, the shadow-chased trio shifts from signs of genuine restraint (the majestic drone detours of “Wood Face,” the lean haunted-house lines of “Permafrost”) to loops that oughta be locked in a loony bin (the skittish IDM beats and heavily treated wails of “Manipura,” the manic midway melodies and shaky 4/4 foundation of “Helix”). Every single track runs circles around several sounds, too, which might explain why Jatoma refuses to reveal their identities. After all, when you’re not worried about who’s playing what, you’re forced to focus on the songs themselves. And in this case, what you hear just might amaze you.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Much more than a simple dance record or ambient-leaning living- room listen, Jatoma’s self-titled Kompakt debut is a dizzying distillation of what it means to make electronic music in an age where producers aren’t tethered to tempos or trends anymore. Depending on the track, the shadow-chased trio shifts from signs of genuine restraint (the majestic drone detours of “Wood Face,” the lean haunted-house lines of “Permafrost”) to loops that oughta be locked in a loony bin (the skittish IDM beats and heavily treated wails of “Manipura,” the manic midway melodies and shaky 4/4 foundation of “Helix”). Every single track runs circles around several sounds, too, which might explain why Jatoma refuses to reveal their identities. After all, when you’re not worried about who’s playing what, you’re forced to focus on the songs themselves. And in this case, what you hear just might amaze you.

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