Hong Kong Express and t e l e p a t h return to where it all began with the urban dystopia of Rain Temple, the highly anticipated new album from the duo otherwise known as 2814.
Picking up where the industrial cyberpunk blues of Birth Of A New Day left off, Rain Temple finds the duo pacing new streets inside previously unexplored districts of the imagined urban sprawl in which the Dream Catalogue imprint's vast discography is set. The eight tracks here make up possibly the most dynamic and realised vision of HKE and t e l e p a t h's sound to date. A mixture of subsonic basslines, synthesised sheets of high-rise synth lines and Taffey's Snake Pit Bar jazz that is equal part rhythmic and equal part atmospheric. All of this shot through a crystalline backdrop of innercity raindrops that hail from underneath a sky the colour of a television tuned to a dead channel.
Having recently found a mutual admiration with Zomby through his Dream Cat version of Nmesh's 心痛を受け入れます, to HKE's last track link up on Zomby's forthcoming Ultra LP, elements of his coldwater Eski sound are ripe in the replicant make up of Rain Temple, neon-grime shot through a poison dart from Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement. This creates a strong narrative of complete abandonment through imagined transportation. A musical journey in the truest sense and one destined for inner city commutes and mid-winter urban exploration, headphones on and snow falling under streetlights while falling daylight and the LP's backdrop of rainfall swallow up the surroundings whole.
Sure to be an instant classic of the ambient electronica genre, and set to take its rightful place within the lineage of SAW2, 76:14, Untrue and more recent future classics such as Function & Vatican Shadow's Games Have Rules and Huerco S.'s For Those Of You Who Have Never... Rain Temple is an album to loose days of your life within, wondering through the endless mazed city imagined by 2814.