Since the release of Tessela's R&S debut, Nancy's Pantry, the momentum has snowballed. Earning a Radio 1 residency alongside James Blake, and a busy gigging schedule, Tessela AKA Ed Russell now offers up 'Rough 2' - the eagerly anticipated next instalment of his alchemic blend of tripped out sonics and punishing percussion.
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A totally rugged and immense slab of slamming breakbeat techno from Tessela, his second release for the ever-reliable R&S, that manages to pull off the task of taking the nasty granular aesthetic of harsh lads like Perc and Powell and giving it a bit more of a Numbers-style bounce, creating something akin to the idea of looking up from the floor to the glitter ball to realise that it is swinging dangerously from side to side, is actually attached to a crane and is systematically demolishing the walls of the building you’re in.
Lead track ‘Rough 2’ kicks off with huge bass hits and amen snare rolls that threaten to break but never quite do, before a chorus of laser beam rays and demented saturated chords clog up the mechanics. ‘Butchwax’ boasts an almost comically massive rolling beat, sounding like the oft-sampled Billy Squier’s ‘Big Beat’, but fed through the filter bank and augmented with a cocktail of performance enhancing steroids.
It’s raucous and satisfying and keeps the pummelling beat the main focus, bringing to mind the similarly rippling Randomer track ‘Stalker’. It’s huge, warped and won’t stop drawing attention to itself, so there should be a mixed appeal here for fans of Hemlock and Diagonal Records alike.
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