Roupe - Entelechy

Technoid IDM from the heart

by DJML
  • Label: Resource
  • Catalog Number: CDRE 002
  • Year: 1996

Roupe is the alias of one Rupert Brewer, a British producer whose recorded output comprises 2 full-lengths, 2 EPs and a handful of stray compilation tracks, all appearing between 1995 and 1997. 

Entelechy, Brewer's second album, sits comfortably alongside the era's "braindance" canon, combining complex post-DnB rhythmic patter and leftfield sound design with a nerdy penchant for wistful melodics. He resists the breakcore punishment or DSP mind melt that plagued the scene's more brow-furrowing practitioners, instead copping the punchy, good-natured sci-fi antics of the Ifach crew and the crispy breakage of Moving Shadow. 

The album is a solid hour of warm, Detroit-lineage synths and funky hand-rolled breaks combined with a charmingly twitchy bedroom energy. There are still plenty of golden-age IDM signifiers like soft/hard switch-ups and 32nd note snare rushes, but the album is remarkably light on its feet. Bouncy, funky, and playful, with the perfect balance of schmaltz and swing.

Long out of print, but still quite cheap on CD (if you're in the EU). Grip the whole digital package (scans + 320s) here

Tracklist

  1. 1. Pure Guava - 5:22
  2. 2. Provence - 5:24
  3. 3. A Fructose Feeling - 6:28
  4. 4. Pure Papaya - 8:34
  5. 5. Peripheral Nerve Stretch - 6:38
  6. 6. Sappho - 4:40
  7. 7. Laid - 7:22
  8. 8. On the Cusp of Greatness - 6:04
  9. 9. Masha - 3:28
  10. 10. Provence (Germ Remix) - 4:59