Enter Revolution EP
Locked Groove Records
TBR: 5th June
Locked Groove returns to the pressure-station in order to unleash one more round of fantastic dance music. Utilising the best that obscurity has to offer by releasing on his own label, growing a brand new tree in the forest of electro is a job for only the most plugged in artists. The scope of talent on offer from Locked Groove is made clear once more as this three track release touches on many variants of the sound, showing the formula has many independent variables. Enter Revolution perhaps wants to show us that even with the massive distribution curve of outcomes, the whole can be made to point in the same direction.
Enter Revolution begins and it hits us with a resonant and vibratory bass rhythm that wafts in and out of earshot. Smooth reverberating pads chime in abstract and dreamy melodics as a drum rhythm begins to strike a direction. Pattering drums and thumping kick mingle with distributed metalwork that shimmers in compressed spaces. The percussion rises and falls in waves of meaning as tranquil notes continue to rattle and glisten within the commotion. Vocals now, they churn in robotic phraseology while formations in the drumming twist and invite more additions of tone. The music switches to a new angle, cleaner and less horizonish, a focus reinvents the journey.
The next offering simmers into being through the medium of shimmering tones that bounce in a juicy tempo. They're joined by quick splashy drums, soaking with squelch and muted gates. The rhythm builds across the ambience as a heavy kick element roar through each bar. It thrusts the music into place as the repeating motions begin to show signs of adaptation. Extra sounds fall in, they whir and muse in disparate sections. Nth of Time feels like a continually moving mechanical track that builds in gradual motions. By the time it's reached a climax, the whole piece has the sense of a high-speed train.
Final track, You Can't Walk Through A Buffalo Herd, perhaps nods at the packed venues Locked Groove is treated to each time he plays. It begins on a cut-throat bass drum that automatically sets the pace for dancing. Spirally sounds dance and chatter in the top-end while a selection of percussion instruments knit the filling into something tasty. A splendid array of various tones merge in a combination of kinesis which feels like a wall of well manicured and expertly placed wave-formations. Is this much different to a herd of buffalo? Their is expertise somewhere, even if it's not with the individual animals. It's the way they operate together that makes the sum greater than its parts.
Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.