For fans of enigmatic electronica don Bogdan Raczynski, it’s been a long 15 years since his last studio album proper, Alright! – although 2019’s excellent Rave ‘Till You Cry, a miscellany of unreleased tracks and “versions”, helped sate the appetite of his fans a little. Drawing inspiration from the chaotic breakbeats of jungle and hardcore rave, as well as traditional Polish music and other sources, Raczynski’s bona fides are hard to beat: as well collaborating with Bjork and remixing Autechre, CLPNG and Jonsi from Sigur Ross, he has toured with Aphex Twin, who, legend has it, discovered Raczynski while he was sleeping rough in Tokyo, and was once a roster mainstay of Richard D. James’s seminal Rephlex label.
Thankfully, then, the wait for new Raczynski tracks is over, and it’s a mighty relief to report that Addle doesn’t disappoint. A marked change from “high-octane techno braindance”, here we find the Polish-American composer in a more melodic and zen-like place of peace: ergonomic and de-cluttered, whilst also being bittersweet and tinged with melancholy. While less unhinged and riotous than some of his previous work, however, Addle is no less impactful. Lean, punchy and purposeful, this seemingly simple combination of beats and melody belies a razor sharp skill, which bursts with verve and virtuosity.