Nthng finally follows up his four stunning EPs with a full album proper, arriving in a whopping 3xLP pack. Arriving a good 6 months after the LT029.5 album sampler which debuted both ‘Soms’ and ‘In My Dreams’, nthng adds another seven hazy, hooded techno bangers to those to make up a pretty dazzling body of work.
Opener ‘Touches’ is true ambient bliss, with shrouded, blissful synths fuzzing into view and cut through by a soft low distant sunlight. Both ‘Galaxy’ and ‘Eternal’ thump into view with a hi-paced drums colliding and clashing with syncopated stabs and smooth dusty baselines, recalling the tender techno-trance precipice danced by Dutch producers at the start of the 90’s. The huge mysterious fan favourite and title track ‘It Never Ends’ gets it’s pride of place with 9 mins of deep, cavernous techno, all rippling with epic string-synths and washes of mountainous reverb. Even deeper numbers are extracted from the hard-drive, including the pensively, digitally-bubbling computer jam ‘Unity’ sitting tidily alongside the super deep and subtle rolls of ‘Abyss’. Rounding the album out is the appropriately-titled ‘Last’. A dark, shimmering, almost emotionless number that cements a different idea of the future. A hard, pounding, yelping, depth-charged technoid closer.
For us, the album feels like a real masterpiece, conjuring a spectrum of intimate and emotive moods, feelings and nostalgia-tinged memories that float into the mind, like the settling fog in the valley on a crisp winters morning.