Locked Groove Records
TBR: 2nd November
Following on from the dual artist release from earlier this year, in which Locked Groove worked with Inner Shades, Oscillate turns up the voltage and pushes the sound frequencies further. Testing the unique style that Locked Groove has crafted over the years, sticking to the system yet tweaking all components allows the artist to increase his level of distinction. This two-tracker takes long bows in the direction of influences and also creates a continual sound brand that's growing on all of us.
Straight away the music brings in a hard and quick rhythm, it's gritty with pushed boundaries teetering on the edge of the red zone. New waves of tempo slide in gracefully and a synth tone pulses into amplitude, bringing with it a dancing pressure that pulls us in. Sweeping melody of simple notations revolves in a looping build that along with drums and the pulse-synth bring an atmosphere of enjoyable mystery. Oscillate seems to want us to physically express ourselves in what ever way possible and it gives us the perfect soundtrack for it.
Time Travel does seem to take us back in time with its introduction. What has been a stable back-bone for electronic music since its conception in the mid-twentieth century has been the drum and tone. Sounds that could have been made in the early days make a re-appearance for a retro inspired beat. Soon though, modern technology makes itself known with inserts of studio wizardry and know-how which creates a driving and slightly sinister sounding track. Then some angelic voice synths begin to gently chant in slow drawn out breaths while a garbled speech sound builds gradually from beneath.
It's an interesting two track release with plenty of sounds resulting in twelve good minutes of well-made dance worthy electronic and experimental music.
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Check out this video podcast of a Locked Groove appearance on the radio
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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