Review : Chymera – The Divided Self EP

Artist : Chymera
Title : The Divided Self/Caravan Calling
Label : Ovum
Release : 22nd February 2016
Genre : Detroit Techno

Its been just over a year since Irish producer Chymera released on Ovum (you may remember ‘Moot Point’ as anything but). Here Chymera returns with that trademark Detroit inspired melodic tech sound that’s won him an army of fans from all over the world.

The Divided Self is apparently one of Chymera’s personal favourite compositions from last year. Setting out with the simple mission to make a deep emotive track, it was one of those super-rare golden studio moments when everything came together in a matter of hours. Starting out with a deceptively simple drum/hat and bass pattern, slowly but surely, and with the addition of a deligtfully melancholy minor chord, the track reveals itself. Known for his restraint and unhurried approach to music, Chymera draws the listener into his world completely with perfectly balanced synth lines, emotive nuances and a whole sack load of class.

Canavan Calling, continues where Divided Self ends; a silky smooth percussion backbone delicately spaced to allow plenty of room for a beefy deep bass, and we are not left wanting. No surprises, then, that is created on an original Minimoog, an instrument Chymera fell in love with while he attended a Studio Stekker week alongside peers such as Mathew Jonson, Sebastian Mullaert and The Mole. Mutating, morphing and moving throughout, trippy starlit synths soon enter the mix, giving an overall feeling of hope and excitement. Named after an obscure short horror story by Joseph Payne Brennan, the only thing horrific about this track is the price of an original Minimoog!

There’s a reason labels like Ovum continue to succeed in this ever changing scene of ours, and its solely down to sourcing fantastic music and artists like Chymera. Top marks all round.