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First up this week is a tasty little 12" split from High Places and Soft Circle on PPM. The labels are printed the wrong way around which has caused a little confusion but I think I've sussed it out. Soft Circle is Hisham Bharoocha of Black Dice/Lightning Bolt/Pixeltan who unleashes two dancefloor style party numbers. 'Light Bright' is mutated psych disco with loose guitar solos, funky bassli ...

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Split by High Places/ Soft Circle
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 03 September 2009
First up this week is a tasty little 12" split from High Places and Soft Circle on PPM. The labels are printed the wrong way around which has caused a little confusion but I think I've sussed it out. Soft Circle is Hisham Bharoocha of Black Dice/Lightning Bolt/Pixeltan who unleashes two dancefloor style party numbers. 'Light Bright' is mutated psych disco with loose guitar solos, funky basslines and phased out vocoder vocals. I'm digging this track, both tight and funky whilst maintaining strange psychedelic overtones. 'Don't Just Stand There' kicks in with a beast of disco beat!! This tune brings to mind Liquid Liquid, !!! and a bunch of DFA stuff, kinda spaced out, kinda baggy but distintively New York in it's outlook. Theres more to come from Soft Circle later in the year but for now enjoy the pre-emptive strike. On the other side we got one epic tune from fellow New York two piece High Places. 'Late Bloomer' is distinctively mysterious piece of music full of reverberant whispers and strange clanging sounds. Things start out ambient but soon kick in with a mutant tribal style cut up beat and some awesome percussion punctuated by delayed vocals and spacy tones. Things get more and more intense as the eats start to take control of the composition only to fade away, leaving the remaining ambient tones to bring things to a close.....It's a bit of a journey. Their grooves remind of the recent Pit Er Pat stuff but way more spaced out. Ace split LP, well worth a listen.



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