12" £8.99 OM 21
12" on Optimo Music in house Die-Cut.
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Contrary to the image on our site this 12" EP comes in a generic Optimo sleeve, so don't come complaining to me about the lack of image. The music in its grooves is still pretty good regardless. I've not heard Whilst before but they're one of these post-dance type collectives from the same school as bands like Golden Teacher and Melt Yourself Down, blending house and funk and post-punk into an infectiously danceable blancmange of body-shaking beats, hypnotic basslines, dub-echoed vocals, reverb-soaked sax and spaced out synths.
It's a stoned but lively concoction which I imagine turns their live performances into the kind of dance parties you get when the aforementioned two bands perform (in Leeds at least), striking an elegantly hyperactive balance between freeform abandon and comforting repetition. The individual tracks are quite varied, with the instrumentation shifting from track to track. 'Untitled From North Africa' focuses on the sax, on 'Umgebung' it's robotic modular synths and post-punky German language vocals, and graceful downbeat closer 'Postcard From A Robot' mixes somnolent Harold Budd-esque piano and vocals with a harshly limited flicker rendering them unintelligible but strangely poignant.
This EP is so chock full of ideas that you really need to listen to it yourself rather than reading my ramblings though. Very good.
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