8/10 Mike Staff review, 20 January 2012
This is a weird lad. It's a split between Stephen/Steven (a pseudonym of Brendan “BARR” Fowler) and The Urxed, which is High Places' Rob Barber. Fowler's side is a confusing lump of concrete, with tiny little piano samples clicking in and out like a scratched up CD. It's not relaxing at all and falls pretty firmly in the not-my-kind-of-thing category, but I guess if glitchy concrete's your bag then this'll be a rare treat for you. On the flip it couldn't be a more different story, with Barber mixing up some minimal and weird psychedelia with wispy vocals and house beats and tasty synth loops with crisp, fat tones and grooves that echo early '90s deep house but with a dark predatory electro edge, with more techno moments when he brings things down a little. Loving the simple, sinister melodies and methodical layering of tones on display here - much like that new Aristocrat P Child tape on Sun Ark this side is indulgently retro but still cerebral. So yeah, one side of challenging chin-stroker glitchiness and one side of tasty retro-futurist synth dance. I guess if you don't like one side you'll probably like the other!
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