Locus by Chicago Underground Duo was available on Vinyl LP & CD but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Vinyl LP £16.49 NS052LP
LP on Northern Spy.
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- Locus by Chicago Underground Duo
Here’s a curious album of exploratory experimental jazziness from Chicago’s Chicago Underground Duo. It’s a mysterious concoction of live drums and brass and alien synth experiments which range from subtle polyrhythms interwoven into the simple yet intricate drum grooves through to spaced out cosmic drones and paranoid fluttering loops.
Rhythmically it’s a lively and enjoyable album, with Chad Taylor’s blustery but rock solid drum style reminding me of Euphone, but the ever-curious textural explorations in brass and synth often lend it a bit of an avant-garde feel, with the synths sometimes being given space to trundle around in a queasy dystopic mechanised ambience that contrasts coldly with the percussive bounce that can be found when they hit their stride.
I think it’s that friction between man and machine that gives this record a constant sense of uncertainty that I’m finding strangely satisfying, it feels like it’s always on the edge of something but you’re never sure what.
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