Nicolas Bougaieff presents a new four track EP, On The Grid. This is the final instalment in a series of EPs inspired by Greg Egan’s sci-fi novel Permutation City (1994). Opening track Eden Configuration combines a monolithic synth line with propulsive bass grooves. Rip Tie Cut Toy Man introduces a furtive synth melody tucked beneath rhythmic rumbles. Bougaïeff’s voice is featured for the first time on the stripped back title track On The Grid, a playful alternative to dark dystopia. The result is a fast and upbeat cut, reminiscent of 90s minimal yet delivered with punchy modern production. Closer Skyscraper Model features a fluid acid line amidst reverberating warehouse beats, providing a sense of energetic resolution.
The first EP in the triptych, Dust, was released in 2018 on Max Cooper’s Mesh label and was followed later that year by Permutation Djinn on NovaMute. For fans of Max Cooper, Lucy, Terence Fixmer, Regis, Marcel Dettmann, Recondite, Ben Klock, Chris Liebing, Planetary Assault Systems.