Artwork by A Taut Line

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  1. To Live and Die in Shinjuku
  2. Woken

Almost exactly ten years to the day since his Unwoken EP, the inaugural release on his and BD1982’s Diskotopia label, Matt Lyne dusts down his A Taut Line moniker for an intoxicating double A-side single, the first ATL release proper since his critically acclaimed album Distraction Provisions in 2017.

For this return, Lyne has channelled his signature A Taut Line sound into a much tighter framework for two tracks aimed for closed-and-not-opening-any-time-soon dancefloors.

To Live and Die in Shinjuku is an augmented 140bpm brutalist roller that takes its cues equally from 90s new beat, UK 2009-era post-dubstep, and Anthony’ Shake’ Shakir records. Haunting crystal chimes send shivers down the spine of a crushed and chiselled 100v/50Hz rhythm section, ripping through distorted-guitar and fractured-synth static.

Woken (see what he did there with the title?) is a broken 2-step zesty-yet-mellow opus that pays homage - in a very A Taut Line way - to MJ Cole, LTJ Bukem, Super Discount, Yuji Takenouchi, and Ron Trent all at the same time. Lush rhodes-&-strings atmospherics, a skuzzy electro bassline, slowed-n’-swung jungle breaks, and a percussion-vs-vocal-sample mutant-tango tussle are all locked together into an irresistible shuffling groove.

Potentially some of the best A Taut Line material to date that relishes in its Cabernet-Sauvignon-stained newspaper-cutting vibes.

Remember by Ando Laj

Distance Vision by BD1982