Jamie Teasdale’s previous incarnation as one half of Vex’d was typical of early Planet Mu output in which label leader Mike Paradinas favoured glitch-laden breakbeats on speed. Planet Mu produced radio-unfriendly breakcore and Vex’d was no different, with its brain-melting, frenetic beats it made drum n’ bass seem like easy listening.
Teasdale has returned, though this time his name – and his sound – is very much different. Under the new moniker of Kuedo, Teasdale has abandoned his manic glitch and instead has gone for elements of what could be defined as the ‘futurist’ sound of the likes of Roedelius, Eno or Vangelis. This new penchant for futurist soundscapes is made obvious from the get go – opening track ‘Visioning Shared Tomorrows’ wouldn’t sound out of place on the Blade Runner soundtrack.
Backing up the dreamy synths of the album are beats akin to the ‘Coke Rap’ sound so often credited to the work of Clipse, a sort of sped-up ’80s electro-style rhythm so synonymous with hip-hop in its early days. This, despite the excellent synth work, is where Teasdale really shines, as his obvious skill for beat production comes to the fore, the track ‘Scissors’ displaying his best drum machine skills.
Severant is huge sounding and really wipes the floor with any of the two-a-penny electro/dubstep emerging from the UK, and beyond, at the moment. Expect this to still be on tongues this time next year.