The Home Current – “Wix” b/w “When Silence Fell Quiet”

The Home Current - "Wix" b/w "When Silence Fell Quiet"

The Home Current – “Wix” b/w “When Silence Fell Quiet”

Over the past five or so years the Danish-born but now UK-based Martin Jensen has performed a keen supporting and curatorial role during his time as a DJ and through co-running the Second Language label (most notable for his spearheading of the sublime three-part multi-artist Music And Migration series and his remix work for Colleen and Dollboy).  Now having moved on from the 2L fold, Jensen’s focus has shifted more towards his own creative endeavours with The Home Current.  After a string of Second Language compilation cuts and a remix-led bonus EP with Music And Migration III, here at last comes The Home Current’s first proper standalone out-of-the-shadows statement.

Although a partial-trailer for a recently completed full-length album – featuring guest spots from the likes of Colleen, Dollboy’s Oliver Cherer, Ellis Island Sound’s Pete Astor and Brave Timbers’ Sarah Kemp – that is currently in search of a record company home, this already rare lathe-cut 7” single from The Home Current also comfortably proves itself as yet another enigmatic one-off nugget for the indomitable Polytechnic Youth imprint.

Cleaving closely to the electronic palettes of past PY micro-releases but adding some thicker textures, A-side “Wix” is an alluring addition to The Home Current’s low-key but mood-capturing canon.  Layering-up waves of serene and fizzing synth lines, distant spectral drones and fidgety yet fluid early-Four Tet flavoured percussion, “Wix” is an addictively looping number that grows more hypnotic with each spin.  Although – also vocal-free – flipside “When Silence Fell Quiet” may follow a slightly less bustling pace its meticulous mingling of ‘80s 4AD noire, Cluster-like balm, Tangerine Dream ethereality and the Teutonic techno pulsations of Kraftwerk’s lesser-known Tour De France LP is equally as engrossing.

Whilst few may be lucky enough to acquire a copy of this blink-and-miss-it slice of clear vinyl, it’s still a significant entry in The Home Current and Polytechnic Youth catalogues alike that is worth hunting down.  More soon from both – together or apart – please.

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