Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Vinyl and Digital reviews: Lifecycle, Layo & Bushwacka, Rowdent & Mario Basanov

Like the previous post, the following are reviews originally written for Clash magazine in 2010.

Lifecycle - The Altruist Cookbook EP (Ricochet Records)
... many genres baked in there!

There is something of LFO about the title track, with acidic thrust, broken beat techno, and unnerving jangles, but Lory D’s remix adds cohesion despite further beat splintering. ‘Truly’ works best as a mixing tool for its’ crisp, tribal techno, but the 8 bit noises on Sync24’s remix had me worried the computer corrupted.

Release date: 29 November 2010

Rowdent - The Rowdent EP (Wonk)
... wonk, wonk, wonk

Wonky tech-house and melting synths, ‘Get a Bet On’ keeps the feet tapping but does let the mind wander, while ‘Rushin’ Roulette’ engages with its’ curious speded-up dub wonk. Tribal drums have been readily embraced by dance this century and ‘Um Bongo’ self-fulfills with taught, driving beats to work up a sweat .

Release date: 6 December 2010
Layo & Bushwacka! - Endangered EP (Plus 8)
... imaginative but slightly misses the mark

Each track represents an endangered animal, and they certainly nail that on ‘Black Jack Rabbit’ - a restrained techno thumper, bouncing and squelching towards the clicky claw-like percussion of ‘Grey Wolf’. Incessant one-note keys sound alarm as swarms of noise gather like human encroachment. Accomplished, but not spine-tingling.

Release date: December 2010
Mario Basanov - Up (Needwant)
... mmm, house

Mario’s low-slung house keeps the movement subtle for ‘Up’ - nicely layered yet simple, playing on the melodic drones and most non-offensive siren-esque noise to adorn a house track, and ‘Sheiker’s warm and wooden, hazy house brings the release to a chilled end.

Release date: 18 December 2010

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