Australian producer Strict Face follows up his glossy, globule-like release for Gobstopper with the five-track 'Marble Isles' on the Tuff Wax label and, in many ways, it continues where he left off. Pushing that familiar vein of instrumental margins music, Strict Face circles round a grime template to varying effect, with beatless pieces and a trio of hard-hitters. ‘In Evergreen’ is the clattering peach amongst it all.
Sometimes, the lure of properly deciphering a release is enough to warrant repeated listens and Liar’s 'Scorpio EP' is something I’ve listened to (objectively) a lot. Now, I think I get it, or the bare bones of what the tracks are about at least: essentially they’re club constructions but they’re the bastardised offspring of a hundred club construction ideas at once: equal parts thundering relentless percussion, warped synths and perplexing sampled density that’s kind of spellbinding.
If you introduce a 12” as an ‘exercise in stripping something down’, then, bro, I really don’t want to hear pads. Why? Because they’re airy and they’re there to be layered. Thankfully Low Concept’s baggage-less take on munch techno doesn’t have pads. It has balls. Lots of balls. And it has people saying “ants” over again, which I didn’t know I was really all that into before, but in all reality it turns out I properly am.
The flipside to the recently reviewed ‘Tigris & Euphrates’ gets some remix treatments. Matt Holiday’s uses plenty of long, drawn female harmonies, played out over extended beat-free breaks and bookended by beefy trance-prog sequences. Touching 12-minutes in length, ‘Mekka’s longer still, but gets to its psy-trance action quicker. WesStraub’s mix meanwhile should find favour with emerging 100bpm counterculture-ists.