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- Test Leads by M. Geddes Gengras
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When that amazing Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & The Congos record came out at the start of the summer it took us ages to twig who Gengras was and where he’d come from. You’re probably sat at home or on your iPhone on a boat or jumping out of space or wherever it is you kids buy records on these days, smirking and tut-tutting at our seemingly wilful ignorance on these matters because you knew all along that he was the dude from murk-meisters Robedoor, but you have to remember that most of us are only human.
Anyway, on this LP M Geddes is on a solo mission into space, taking the modular psych-loops of his more techno-inflected Personable alter-ego into astral territory with swarms of gentle bleeps echoing around one another alongside a steady, slow pulse. Other things it’s reminding me of include Klaus Schulze, Loop, and even a touch of contemporary Jonas Munk’s steady krautronics. The first side has ‘Waldorf (Pts. 1&2)’ which take us drifting around the ether at a casual pace, although things get a bit weird towards the end. Very cool.On the flip, ‘Night Work’ has some gliding mechanical drones accompanied by a really effective rhythmic loop of twitchy treble before a proper cold Berlin techno beat comes in and he gets busy with the filters. A really great mix of darkness and danceable fun that makes for my highlight of the whole LP. The following track, ‘Cairo’, has some weird siren swells that sound like swarms of insects over a fast skeletal xylophone-esque dinks and a slow bass pulse, before ‘Waldorf (Pt.3)’ rounds off the set nicely. Excellent stuff for the modular buff!
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