Eric Copeland is best known for his work in the weird noise bands Black Dice and Terrestrial Tones, which he founded with Animal Collective's Avey Tare. On his own, though, he likes to take the disciplines of dance music and mess them up, making rhythms go off-kilter, looping sounds over and over and reinventing the disco wheel. This mini record is the follow-up to last year's 'Joke in the Hole', and he describes it as "pop music for the demented".
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When selling this record to us, the man from the distributor sold it to us by saying that we'd done well with Inga Copeland so by rights we should do well with Eric Copeland. By that reckoning we should be buying up Stewart Copeland records in their droves. Even though he went an oddball way round it, he got the end result right as this is a superb effort from the Black Dice man. Its full of lop sided, off kilter disco grooves. Imagine a disco on the high seas, the boat tossing this way and that as the music churns on. Opener 'Lego my Logo' wavers around before getting its sea legs, pulsating disco rhythms are joined by screechy whistling. 'Uncle Sams Blues' is even better- a slowed down filtered white boy soul rhythm is lollops around with madly distorted bass. Over on the flip, a skeletal dub rhythm glides along with some afrobeat inflections. Like all of the music here, it sounds like it has been recorded underwater. Great pulsating stuff. I feel sick.... but in a good way. Lots to enjoy here.
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