TBR: 6th August
UK electronic scene forerunners London Modular are full of surprises. This new record shows off the work of long-term legend Edd Butterworth under the guise of ED2D. Named after a piece of information law, creating something archetypal and templative surely comes easy to this artist. A fantastic run of 5 modular jungle cuts makes this latest offering something to be snapped up by music fans in the days to come. Released on the own-brand label Longhaul, this group of sound manipulation experts are showing us why listening to them is such a pleasure.
With jittery beats and wholesome rumbled sonics Poli Digi (In London) begins. Vocal samples frame a percussive element as rhythm instruments find their way through a maze of interpretive bars. A familiarly London accented voice tells us to get off the grass as thumping beats form staggering walls of intuitive and itch quenching drums. A progressive bass-line folds in, metallic and awkward, the tune edges towards a new frame of mind while chords resonate on high-end reverberations that jangle with solid cymbals.
Next, a smashing industrial rhythm pounds on the door and demands access. Of course, without question we let the music in and see what it can do. Sinister and chunky beats with melodious character create a surge of percussion that work to section drone like synthesiser tones which carry through the ordered cacophony. Hushed clatterings bounce from robotic bass utterings that whisper in seductive and gritty semblances. Rookie Delete Crash has unearthed something dark, its taking over decks and engaging deeply with club-goers.
Massive pad synths vibrate outward in warm and tuneful multi-sonic bursts. It's like spring as a shower of snare and hats brings a summery drenching to a progressive and rising tempo. The beats grab a piece of the action as a grinding bass squelches through the mud and undergrowth, churning the long-grass under the weight of thumping bass. Mellow grooves surf the coasting peak of flow as a grunting synth breathes heavily into waverings of melodious description. Broke Specific thunders us to the end of side A on a punchy and gut slapping fossicks into the gloom.
A tingle of bells and a vocal sample brings out the feel of side two. A child's perception of the world mingles with rummaging tempo and wooden block percussion. We listen as the boy talks about running away from home, and getting into mischief. Mobile Patrol Coupe explores a thrust of rhythms that sally into runs of lingering synthesiser and chattering youth. Spectral and mystical synthesiser ripples over tall and stretching rhythms clouded with a variety of tones.
We end up in the Bonus Jungle. Hushed wind tones rustle through reeds and sunlight as percussive pottery begins to resonate with the dawn. A tumbling snare rolls in on inflections of style as the rattling tempo carries a presence forward to greet the day. The mix of percussion melts into swaying synthesiser that sponge-soaks the vibrancy into ink-bots of crawling sound. Persistent and evolutionary riffs rise and stagger like many legs on an uneven trail. The music swells, gaps in the drumming decrease and the pressure builds for a driving moment.
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