Available languages: EnglishRival Consoles is an electronic musician from England who creates driving, experimental dance tracks primarily with analog equipment. Over the course of his career, his music has ranged from the challenging IDM of his early EPs to more overtly club-oriented electro-house releases like 2011's Kid Velo, with works such as 2015's Howl consisting of intricate compositions focusing on a restricted amount of sounds. Born Ryan Lee West on November 10, 1985, in Leicester, England, he made his Erased Tapes Records debut in 2007 as Aparatec with the glitchy, acid-tinged Vemeer EP. Later in 2007, he premiered his Rival Consoles moniker with the Decadent EP, which combined galloping breakbeats with increasingly complex and dramatic synthesizer melodies and arrangements. Continuing his harder-edged IDM sound, the 7" EP Helvetica was released in 2009. During the same year, he also released two more dancefloor-oriented recordings: 65/Milo, a split EP with Kiasmos; and his full-length album debut, IO, which garnered substantial acclaim. Rival Consoles provided remixes for a variety of his Erased Tapes labelmates, including Nico Muhly, Codes in the Clouds, and Canon Blue. His second full-length, Kid Velo, arrived in 2011, finding West continuing to hone his bright electro-house sound, which was increasingly resembling Ed Banger Records artists such as Justice. With more of a minimal, experimental feel than his full-lengths, the Odyssey EP was released in 2013. The following year's Sonne EP continued in this direction, and featured West's acoustic guitar playing and drumming. Erased Tapes compiled the two vinyl EPs onto a CD release in 2015, as West toured with Clark and Nosaj Thing and worked on his third full-length. Titled Howl, the album surfaced in October of 2015, and found West constructing inventive tracks from just a few layers of his own instrument playing. Following the breakup of a 13-year relationship, West released the mini-album Night Melody in August of 2016. Persona, titled after the Ingmar Bergman film, followed in 2018. While containing a few dance tracks, the album focused more on ambient, modern classical, and shoegaze influences. Articulation, based on a series of graphic scores drawn by West, was released in 2020.
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After being inducted into the label Erased Tapes’ catalogue with their EP Verneer (under the pseudonym Aparatec) in 2007, Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles has little by little propelled himself to the position of pioneer in his form of melancholic and spatial electronica, remixing great names of the genre such as Clark, Max Cooper and Jon Hopkins. For his seventh album, the British producer has thrown himself into a new composition concept by drawing structure… by hand: “With a pen and paper sketch you can compose and rethink ideas without technology getting in the way, so for me it acts as a very helpful tool to refresh the process.” After hitting play, you find yourself listening to a truly interesting record, with tracks structured differently to any other electronic music track. Vibrations, for example, unwinds a downtempo and crazed house while the title track Articulation is positioned between ambient and futuristic beats à la Four Tet from his Rounds era which symbolises the concept adopted by Rival Consoles on this record. “Its structure is very machine-like, but I was really interested in how melody and sense of story could develop out of this, and it became an exploration of mathematical structures - patterns and shapes having a conversation. I love that something on paper can appear rigid and calculated, but then take on new meaning based on the context that surrounds it.”, explains West in what seems to be a new profession of faith. With such a record, Erased Tapes continue to take centre stage of the avant-garde electronic scene. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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