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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 02 August 2013
It’s hard not to think of John Shuttleworth’s ‘Pigeons in Flight’ when looking at the title of this latest installment of DMX Krew’s lifelong attempt to define and redefine electro-funk. It’s a neat little six track 12” full of the usual retro electronics. The sounds are not as cold and robotic as I was fearing, squelchy bass potters away beneath the lolling grooves while old school electro melodies come and go on top of the mix. I wonder if this stuff is intentionally limp, I mean it doesn’t leap out at you but maybe it’s a volume thing, I’m not exactly blasting it out.
It doesn’t matter and the melodies are neat and tidy throughout and the beats are terrifically understated, they don’t fly out at you but instead are a precise framework to hold the synth work. The title track drifts along with pulsing rhythms and sneaky synth melodies whilst ‘Zaibatsu’ contains squelchy funky synth riff (do synths riff?) with some faintly Boards of Canada synths on top. All very Kraftwerk, very Tomorrow’s World. I’m too tired to listen to the B side but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt as there’s not many steps out of place before we reached half time.
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