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- Lay Hollow by Howse
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We’re finally getting into the swing of the summer here at Norman Towers and frankly some days it’s a right bummer having to tear ourselves away from our real, enjoyable lives to put in another few hours of looking wistfully out of our giant windows and thinking about the fun we could be having in all that sunshine. On the bright side, though, the CD on the top of today’s review pile is this bit of drifty housey “post-dubsteppy”(?...I don’t like that term really. Too soon!) business for the way fashionable Tri-Angle imprint.
The press release says the influences here are juke and jungle, but this is Tri Angle so it isn’t the crisp in-your-face chaos those words would lead you to believe, more of a distant blown-out dance swamp with sheets of damaged, swirling drone which introduces more aggressive beat-making to the driftsteppy sounds made familiar by the likes of Burial and Clams Casino.
There’s some little chopped up processed vocal samples and synth details constructing gentle, otherworldly melodies while broken beats skitter around in the bushes outside. The vocal samples are quite sexy in the second song ‘VBS’, but elsewhere they’re really there for melodic purposes. Closer ‘Fete’ has a load of animal noise samples and crisper, more prominent beats. I don’t know if this is a play on words but to my ears it’s definitely the most “jungle” thing here in more ways than one. Totally solid EP - packed with constant hyperactive detail and yet providing proper bongy summer chill fun at the same time. Another winner from the ‘Angle.
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