This track comes to us from the mind of Lance Ferguson, an artist whose reputation is firmly established as a key component of Melbourne based act, The Bamboos. Not that being aware of the connection provides much context for this song, considering how much of a departure it shows from the funk and soul style The Bamboos is so proficient at producing. Instead this sound is a result of Ferguson’s side project, ‘Machines Always Win’.
This newer venture takes a more experimental look into genres like Synthwave, Downtempo, Minimal electronic and Ambient. The eponymous ‘Runner’ leads a full length album which seems to really revel in what for Ferguson is perhaps less frequented territory.
‘Runner’ certainly leans into warm, widescreen waves of synth, though the elements of percussion are left generally untouched and organic. The track avoids any sense of aggression or over complication, instead focusing in on carefully selected layers then giving those elements room to expand and grow. The atmosphere created is liberated and laidback, with drum beats that help drive the track but never go so far as to pressure the rhythm. ‘Runner’ feels like an exercise in freedom.
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