Monoloc - Another Thing February 04, 2016 08:53
I'm not just saying this because we're on the Hotflush website, but at the end of the following review, I'll be giving Another Thing by Monoloc on Hotflush Recordings an outstanding 10/10.
Monoloc is the first Hotflush signing of the year, and what a signing! Following a recent single on Innervisions and an appearance on Life & Death, his offering for Hotflush, Another Thing, marks, it says here, a departure into more atmospheric soundscapes.
The title track is not very heavy on the percussion, and sounds a bit scary, like the kind of music you'd be hearing on one of the later Resident Evil levels. This is a good thing, because it's these kinds of tunes that can really reset the mood on a dance floor in preparation for something that is properly banging. "Walks a knife-edge between industrial techno and minimalist dub", it says here. Can't argue with that.
TrySome is even more minimal than Another Thing. It's got a relentless closed hi-hat pattern and occasional claps popping up every now and again underneath a breathy vocal sample (the words of which I can't make out), and every so often you'll hear what sounds like a web browser crashing in the background.
The third and final track on the EP, Makeless, with its low-slung percussive elements draped over misty pads and imposing bass, drew me further into Monoloc’s wormhole. Now, that might sound a bit odd, but trust me, it's not.
If I had to give this EP a score out of ten, I'd probably give it a ten. It's out on the 12 February, and you can pre-order it from my pals at Phonica Records.
I'll be back tomorrow with a very special interview with Nicole Moudaber ahead of her guest slot at Scuba's 12 Weeks of Techno on Saturday night (info and tickets available here).