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The excellent and not particularly prolific Underwater Peoples have sent us two twelves this week. One from Family Portrait and this odd boy from Sad City. Funny little one, this. I'm reviewing it at 45 after fruitless minutes spent trying to figure out for certain what speed it's meant to go on. What I'm getting is some quite organic-sounding minimal explorations, with the opener 'Shell (Or ...

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9/10 Mike Staff review, 07 February 2012

The excellent and not particularly prolific Underwater Peoples have sent us two twelves this week. One from Family Portrait and this odd boy from Sad City. Funny little one, this. I'm reviewing it at 45 after fruitless minutes spent trying to figure out for certain what speed it's meant to go on. What I'm getting is some quite organic-sounding minimal explorations, with the opener 'Shell (Or Wash)' giving us a submerged, dubby take on two repeated chords which shimmer glassily throughout as the tones develop through flange and processing over an insistent pulsing beat, while the second track introduces a stumbling backwards groove over weird processed chimes to good effect. The flipside opens with the analogue pulse of Jaya, which is then joined by an Eastern-sounding sax to create a combined tone which is disarmingly similar to bagpipes, accompanied by what is by some distance the most grooving beat on the EP. This track's brilliant; half minimal tone experiment, half dancefloor-filler. The collection is then rounded off by 'Twilight (Or Tightrope)', an understated soup of ancient-sounding tinkly piano coupled with a crescendo of reverbed drums which sounds like an ancient jazz recording which has been salvaged and souped up for the post-dub generation by The Caretaker on uppers.


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