Simple Symmetry and Red Axes
I Love you, Go Away The Remixes
Autarkic's release from last year gets the all star treatment with a new release of remixed tracks. This triple instalment of disco infused post-punk and new wave brings the party to your house and beyond. With Middle Eastern influences running through the veins of Autarkic's sound, this Tel Aviv based artist has already established his musicality around the world. Particular highlights are made on Golf Channel from New York and Turbo from Canada. Now as Autarkic works with Disco Halal, new doors of sound have been opened for interpretation.
The first number on this EP is prepared for us by Simple Symmetry. The Moscow based siblings released their debut record last year. Plane Goes East EP made a real impression and it's no wonder they've been invited to take the A side of this party anthem reworking. Bongos And Tambourines is a seven minute mover that shows off both the prowess of Simple Symmetry as well as the compositional quality of Autarkic.
As the title suggests, it enters with some rhythmic and melodic bongo fills which are soon topped by silverware and shakers. Funky blips pile on a dancing pulsation which brings out the colour in this fun rendition. Echo infused vocals arrive in a flurry of uplifting organ and looped lines. Tuneful scores of sound dash around the emphasis of song for a moment before a new found dancing energy pushes into the first position. More looped lyrics reveal a mix in the two horns of this beast as while they rotate on their axis, ever more pressing rhythms are piled in.
The final two tracks on this release are taken care of by Red Axes. This Tel Aviv based tour and studio outfit recently released an album called Beach Goths. Their reworking of Gibberish Love Song forms a bass heavy drum and tone-fest which begins to ascend in tone with every few bars. Repetitive fills of monotonous percussion jump across the lines of the stave in quirky and enjoyable fragments. The sound of a firework display gives the sound an element of the exciting and some under the blanket vocals bring on a heady warmth that threads through the soft and cushioned backdrop.
Wipe The Shame Featuring Xen finalises the offering, starting off with a twangy string and clappy drum combo that's given new energy by means of heavy thudding bass. Darkly does it, some sinister synth strings add an undertone of the mysterious and with the chimes of cowbell like clamours the fresh insights brought into the evolving track pay attention to what's happening in the corners. Lyrics reveal themselves well over half way through the seven minute mix. They almost take me by surprise. I had been expecting to hear from Xen though. Captivating melodic chimes resonate through the closing moments like little reflected ghosts.
Twenty minutes of danceable and listenable fun, with meat on the bones for those who want it and a simple rhythm and melody based heart for the rest of us. We're invited to enjoy these three tracks in a brand new way and perhaps go out and seek the originals as well, if you haven't already.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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