Double 12" £9.49 ALLOYS001
2x 10" on Aery Metals inc. Chris Carter, Factory Floor, JD Twitch etc. remixes.
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South London Ordnance has gone under my radar until now for whatever reason but I’ve got a nice succinct introduction to him here in the form of this double 10” of original tracks, remixes by the likes of Factory Floor's Nik Colk Void and TG's Chris Carter and a couple of collaborations with Brolin and Femme En Fourrure in case you weren’t already confused enough. Kind of a grab-bag but it’s all impressive stuff so it certainly seems like a good place to start with the up-and-coming producer.
Opener ‘Black Acre ft Brolin’ is on a laid back post-driftstep tip with chopped up vocals and gliding synth over a laid back r’n’b tinged beat, then NCV’s remix of ‘Modular Splash’ is a lengthy exercise in hypno electronics with a muddied, alien persistence. Then on side B things step up a notch in ‘Floating World’ with a high BPM kind of drift-trap banger streaked with neon synth stab‘n’flutter and indistinct vocal snippets.
Then ‘Obsidian w/ Femme En Fourrure’ once again brings the bass music influences; a pumping beat accompanied by throbbing synthetic bottom end with ghostly reverbed synth melodies and uplifting vocal wailing in the top end. There’s some creative and fun beatmaking at the end of this cut which would be a total crowd-pleaser too, it’s certainly the most dancefloor ready of this collection.
I don’t have time to go through all four sides so I’m jumping to Chris Carter’s remix. It’s a brooding piece with muddy bass loops and chirruping, swooping dystopian synth details much like those found on the Barrow/Salisbury ‘Drokk’ LP. The JD Twitch mix of ‘Modular Splash’ meanwhile is a twisted bit of shivery cut-up modular madness that will confuse your brain but make you dance. Even after two 10”s I still haven’t really got my finger on what South London Ordnance is about exactly, but I’m certainly intrigued by his slippery mix of street beats and more cerebral chin-strokey textures.
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