Over a year has passed since BlackGummy introduced himself with a superbly crafted slow industrial techno remix of “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Rey. The elegantly haunting remix garnered the attention of Deadmau5, who then scooped BlackGummy up to push his subsequent releases through mau5trap. The mysterious producer still has less than 7k Soundcloud followers, but after his Singularity EP, we can expect that following to bloom.
Singularity is Mau5trap’s carefully selected follow-up to REZZ’s The Silence is Deafening EP. They are aesthetically similar in their industrial darkness, yet Singularity glides about 20 BPM faster than The Silence is Deafening, which chugs through mid-tempo rhythms. The four tracks on Singularity run the gamut from techno to electro, hitting tech house and bass house influences along the way for a cohesive product with satisfying variety. The only disappointing aspect of the EP is its unchanging tempo range (one or two mid-tempo tracks à la “Big Eyes” would have been the cherry on top).
“The Machine” emerges as the strongest track, best demonstrating BlackGummy’s musicality with an impeccable sense of movement, creative sampling, and a finesse of silence. Plus, nothing creates a cryptic finish like a detuned carnival waltz. “Plucking Technology” recalls Mord Fustang-era electro, though it’s a bit too literal of an interpretation both in title and arrangement and doesn’t add anything new to the conversation. “Alarm” once again presents a refined use of silence as well as quantized spectral contrast for a hypnotizing effect. The final track, “The Unseen,” mesmerizes within a warmer, more bass-heavy palette that creates an ominous context. “The Unseen” exists in a viscosity afforded by advanced spatial techniques. And it groooooves.
Hopefully BlackGummy will attract the kind of attention REZZ has received lately, though she has an immense advantage as the new “It Girl” when there have been so few It Girls in bass music before her. We can only hope for a BlackGummy/REZZ co-headlining tour in the near future.
— Grace Sandford