Hyetal is a fast-rising dance producer from Bristol. Broadcast is his debut album.
Hyetal - aka Bristol-resident David Corney - has crafted a debut album that excellently mixes a sense of nostalgia with a forward thinking production style. Right from the opening drone of first track Ritual it’s obvious that ‘80s synth sounds - particularly the sort associated with the soundtrack work of John Carpenter - play a major role throughout Broadcast.
That’s not to say that Broadcast is a particularly retro album, there are high production values throughout and everything is arranged with a in a very modern style - particularly on dancefloor-ready numbers like Beach Scene and former single Phoenix. Searchlight, meanwhile, combines very modern styled, filtered vocal effects with glittering synths and a ‘90s sounding vocal sample.
Broadcast is also a very ‘Bristolian’ sounding album, in many ways being an obvious relative of the ‘purple sound’ output of other recently lauded Bristolian producers like Guido and Joker. Modern r'n'b and hip-hop influences sit comfortably next to Hyetal's retro tendencies creating a strong, interesting debut with a lot to offer.