TBR: 30th November
Life is one big party for London music collective GETME! Their record label, radio network, and events management bring everything together so everyone can enjoy. Good music, a quality atmosphere, and a regular media outlet to keep people up-to-date. Since being founded by Lixo himself back in 2006, almost twenty releases fly behind this kite of service like uniquely adorned ribbons and flags. Now the collective stand aside to let Lixo lay one down from his own laboratory of musical experimentation. Cicada EP explores electronic sounds with the added use of studio worked vocals to give a human feel to the digital landscape.
It starts with the sounds of electronic feedback and a drum testing it's capabilities. Soon a rhythmic pulsing cymbal adds a layer of percussion, it's form pushed through a weave of tone as the mixing makes its magic. Wein is a smooth and easy going number, it builds gradually and assuredly, every few revolutions of the record bringing with them a new layer of flow and rhythm that each add something new to the number. The vocal additions sprinkle the sides like blankets of humanity while melodics and drums continue their happy feeling dancing patterns. I can feel The Prodigy in the breakdown, just before the pressure builds to climax the tune.
Whistler enters with another upbeat tempo. Drums and hats combine to roll out a slightly funky beat that is soon joined by, you guessed it, a whistling synth. It is a good melody and the cosmic reverberations on the keys make interesting listening. Again, the mood is set for good and we can sit back to enjoy the piece. More rhythm in the form of amplitude forms a breaking point for the track to evolve. A bass tone begins to craft a distant journey that gradually gets nearer as we continue to listen. The resolution on the bass under score increases and we get to hear a new waveform much closer to us.
Next up is a curious beat, it sounds disjointed and angular to itself however the tempo is absolutely fine. Then a wobbling synthesiser begins to stroke the melody in slow and voluptuous tones. Bass and treble combine to fill the track with a heavy abstract sound. Looping voice melodics spin around on a tight curve while the odd yet regular beats and notes continue on their bifurcate journey. Dromer is more experimental however the atmosphere remains on the positive side with each bar made to sound great despite its unusual structures.
A plucked string sound with heavy distortion builds like mysterious topology through the ambient yet subtly alert fourth number. Wailing notes with distant vocal samples make way for heady drums which keep us moving. Nicely worked atmospheres creep around in dreamy dazes while the track manages to remain awake with continual movement. If we listen, there's actually a lot going on. It does inspire calm though. Phoxi has an oceanic quality, powerful yet controlled by forces greater than itself. Deep synths and high energy drums give the holistic sense of enjoyment.
The whole EP sits comfortably in the middle of the field where everyone can enjoy it. Without going over the top with heavy dance inspiring grooves and never being shy of interesting filling material to keep the beats engaging, it works well to remain accessible yet uniquely entertaining.
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