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Brussels-based electronic duo Different Fountains have, for a few years now, been central proponents of Brussels’ modern electronic music scene. ‘Shrimp That Sleeps’ is their first full-length LP following the release of a 7” and 12” single on their own label, Different Fountains Editions. Featuring nine tracks on vinyl and ten on CD, 'Shrimp That Sleeps' is as engaging as it is absorbing, and touches upon subtle house music, post-rock, ambient and atmospheric pop.

Vinyl LP £14.99 £8.99 MEA014 + DFE005

LP + CD on meakusma / Different Fountains Editions.

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Shrimp That Sleeps by Different Fountains
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 16 September 2014

Those faces on the cover set a bizarre precendent for Shrimp that Sleeps. The porcelain fella on the back looks just like this decade's acting sensation Benedict Cumberbatch. Indeed, if Benny and Martin Freeman gave up pretending to fight crime in London to form an electronic duo, this is what they might sound like. Luckily, they don't need to bother because a couple of Belgian guys have already beaten them to it for their debut LP, and bring a distinctive Euro touch that would be right at home in the weird galleries and backstreets of Berlin.

Trying to place them like a pin on a map doesn't exactly describe this well though. There's a mashup of styles that defies geography and any doubt that these dudes have imagination. You've got the straight, bumping 4x4 drum patterns and basslines you'd most likely find at a downtempo house night next to some timid, poppy vocal segments akin to Darkside or the XX on a really bad day. Often, you'll find yourself immersed in an unsettling ambient chord sequence such as 'Catch 23' which would sit right at home on an oddball prog record, or a spoken vocal that's part-Boards of Canada-part-Sonic Youth. There are times that the LP borders on monotony and refuses to return to a safe centre, but little bits of production ear candy manage to bring it back to the listenable. Forget Berlin, this album could probably sit unaccompanied in a weird gallery anywhere in the world.



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