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9/10 Ant Staff review, 11 October 2013
The consistently on-point Avian label further establish their fine contribution to modern techno, reaching across the pond for their eleventh release. This plastic weapon comes from Shawn O’Sullivan whose only other material I’ve heard is a wicked 12” he did on The Corner and a 12” on L.I.E.S. as Vaputeen. I think he might be Vereker too but not sure about that, however I do know he also makes dark new wave with a coupla other guys as Led Er Est. His sound fits perfectly with the Avian sonic and visual aesthetic.
Opening with a super black intro of ghoulish electronic noise and processed distorted vocals; the futuristic nightmare ‘Non Nocere’. Then lunging into straight up 4/4 dark and heavy club action with the raw and groovy machine funk of ‘Occupational Exposure’. ‘Lean Manufacturing’ sounds like an update to NYC's Joey Beltram’s ‘Places’ blueprints with a grittier industrial edge. ‘Piquette Plant’ is reminiscent of mid-period Regis, like a deeper ‘Disease By Affection’ sorta style. Probably the highlight for me on the EP is ‘Monoculture’ with a hypnotic groove that recalls a couple of my faves; Patrick Pulsinger classic ‘Construction Tool’ from Dogmatic Sequences II on Disko B / R&S and also the genius ye olde Planetary Assault Systems ‘Funk Electric’ from Planetary Funk Vol. 5. Then to close there’s what sounds like some fucked up evil ghostly deranged eastern woman yodelling which would be the perfect tool to totally mash chemically altered minds on the dancefloor.
A strong cohesive EP with all six tracks really fitting together almost like a mini album as well as a powerful club tool.
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