Japanese producer Geskia has fashioned an impressive hour’s worth of advanced underground hip hop and post-IDM electronica on this enormously enjoyable release for the Flaü label. The real strength of this music lies in the sophisticated, densely layered beats that keep Silent ’77 thumping along with a powerfully constructed elegance. You might compare the high-gloss sheen of these productions to the strongest output of Telefon Tel Aviv, or perhaps Sketchshow’s excellent Loophole album from a few years back. You could easily place this among the finest releases on labels like Hefty and Merck, so comprehensively does it integrate forward-thinking beat programming with melodic electronic backdrops, incorporating the near ambient soundscapes of ‘Gate Musick’ to the addictive electric pianos and drum chaos of ‘Over The Three Rainbows’. Anyone craving high quality electronica (in an age when the entire genre seems to have ceased business) should take a listen to Silent ’77 – it’s a very contemporary take on a sound that seems to have been prematurely written off. Recommended.