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Diagrams - Antelope (Remixes)

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Antelope (Remixes) by Diagrams
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8/10 according to on Fri 30 Mar, 2012

Here Static Caravan are treating us to a pair of remixes of the track 'Antelope' from the debut Diagrams mini-LP (Sam Genders from Tuung's new outfit for those late to the party), all pressed into see-through purple vinyl in an edition of 300. These are pretty comprehensive reinventions, too. On one side we've got a mix from Discopolis, which opens with sweeping strings before a bit of glitchy synth leads us into a sweet funky electro beat with bright twinkles and twitches and fat bass tones and a short repetitive vocal sample, then it goes into this breakdown section where the strings come back in and there's a minimal guitar line with heavy delay and everything goes a bit drifty and you think it's starting to lose focus...but wait! Out of the murk that electro groove builds in a static hiss and suddenly we're back in bright, clean electro territory. It's a bit Passion Pit. Good stuff. Turn it over and it's Ghosting Season's turn to tinker. There's more of a spooked Berlin techno beat going on this time, with quiet washes of uneasy synth and a loop-based construction, then the beat drops back and some processed vocal loops come in. He seems to have put Sam through some kind of Gruff Rhys filter. I didn't even know you could get those. It's quite glacially composed and dark but still with a pop edge which comes out in the middle when some bright trebly melodies start to take it unexpectedly into laid back summer hip-hop territory, which then drops back to a stuttering computer beat with the vocal sample from before subjected to some manic cut-ups and processing to entertaining effect. It's kind of like three little mixes in one, the sections are so different. In conclusion, I'm relieved to report that both these mixes are worthwhile.

Press release

Static Caravan Recordings bring you a double A-side remix 7”, originally on Diagrams debut EP, Antelope has been pulled apart and put back together by both the brilliant Discopolis and Ghosting Season, to bring you this very limited and exclusive release. Ghosting Season have been causing waves in blog world, wowing with their incredible live shows and entertaining everyone with their satirical twitter accounts. The duos brand of dark brooding electronica with a great deal of heart helps spread their appeal further than the nieche market you’d expect. Not to be outdone Scottish threesome Discopolis have already played some fantastic line-ups, including Reading and Leeds festivals, North Atlantic Oscillation and Miaoux Miaoux. Drawing praise from the likes of Pete Tong it seems its only time until they break out into the public eye. Diagrams self titled EP showed a new direction for Sam Genders (previously in Tunng) and was met with praise and anticipation for the full length album, eloquently described in the NME as: ‘Like Broadcast remapped by James Blake. Sparsely expressed, yet drenched in optimism’ – (8/10) Static Caravan’s friendship with Sam goes all the way back to when we released the first Tunng records, our paths have been entwined ever since. We have also worked alongside our friends Full Time Hobby on a variety of other acts. Erland and the Carnival, The Accidental to name two. This is a 300 edition seven inch on translucent purple wax.

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