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- Behind The Green Door EP by Laurel Halo
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First Jim Lowe, The Cramps then Shakin' Stevens and now Laurel Halo is having a thing with the green door. I think it's probably safe to say that gigging with her Hyperdub label mates has rubbed off on Miss Halo. For her dreamy, experimental, ethereal future cyber-pop appears to be on the back burner.
Here she offers up her take on bass infused techno and house with the rolling drums, bass wobbles and piano loops of opener 'Throw'. Which to be honest fails to spark any kind of physical or mental response from me. 'UHF F/O' goes at it with tough, pounding kicks and skittering percussion and a really free/ live sounding synth weaving in and around the groove, the kind of which could have come from the studio of Jamal Moss. It feels like she could be jamming/ improvising at first but then things seem to click into place.
'NOYFB' has a UK Funky thing happening with galloping drums. There's certainly more of an emphasis on rhythm throughout this EP. Then a big squelchy, rubbery stuttering sound enters the mix, perhaps recalling early Rustie. Things continue to build, simultaneously managing to be both experimental/ weird and floor friendly. In the sense that some of the sounds don't sound like they belong / fit properly into the track but with her magic she somehow pulls it off. Finally 'Sex Mission' is a no nonsense techno tune aimed squarely at the dancefloor with obligatory breakdowns, more stuttering squelches, metallic housey keys funky snares and a real sense of what will go off on the dancefloor.
All the tracks have a really good sound; as we know this lady knows her way around her machines but they also have a rawness in their construction that's not overworked. Everyone seems to be making techno these days, don't they?
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