A measure of collaboration, the Bristol-based Schmorgasbord label exists to unite slightly disparate producers and release the fruits of their labour. It’s a pretty simple manifesto and this time it’s the turn of London-based producer, Bass Clef and the Swedish trio, Frak who both swapped a sketch of a tune and then fleshed out each other’s work. ‘Bad Trip’ is a stomper with choked acid undertones while ‘Strange Gait’ stumbles along as if drunk, complete with seesawing limbs.
According to the label, this release came about because US act Forma had put together two dancefloor jams that didn’t fit into an album format and were looking for a home for them. Clocking in at over 10 minutes each, these extended, spacey techno tracks are easy to get lost in; the title track is full of swirling synth textures and arcing acid lines, but it can’t compare to ‘Cloud Pillar’. Over a quarter of an hour in length, its sounds move from the billowing chords of '90s techno, through sub-aquatic textures and into shiny Kraftwerkian futurism.
Macho acid-disco sleaze from Siren — the new project helmed by Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani and Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane. ‘Gauntlet’ pays an authentic homage to the more daring sound of the Skatt Bros/Boystown Gang and whole subcultural movement attributed to this. Includes an energetic remix from Ray Mang and a solid percussion section from Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato.
With a title like this you know what to expect from the off, and this certainly doesn't disappoint, with one of the most twisted vocals I’ve heard in a long time, overlaid with a spooky piano in the breakdown, which builds up with a sinister chord melody and drops with serious power and screechy distorted sounds. Keeping things very raw with bags of energy for those peak-time moments.