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- Gutz by AN-I
9/10 Tom Staff review, 28 November 2014
Previously releasing Silent Servant and Broken English Club’s excellent industrial EP ‘Violence and Divinity’ the Brooklyn based label Cititrax has followed up that release with a deliciously dark and driving cut courtesy of AN-I. The three track EP is aesthetically beautiful having been pressed onto a lovely orange 160 gram 12 inch, however don’t let the beauty of the vinyl deceive you, pressed onto this glowing vinyl is some rather rude techno.
The very appropriately named ‘Gutz’ has a bassline punches you in the stomach when it drops in after an intro of pure industrial noise. At first I thought there was a dodgy connection to my decks, then the kick dropped in and I realised I was being taken for a ride on the techno train. ‘Rut’ doesn’t have the driving fury of ‘Gutz’ and is a more intricately produced techy track. A funky electro-esque rhythm frames the track whilst some Phil Kieran styled synthy bleeps and minimal percussion playfully pan between your ears. I really enjoyed ‘Rut’ however it definitely doesn’t have the club-orientated steel of ‘Gutz’. If you think the first two tracks are something, they have nothing on ‘Save Us’. I’m smiling just typing about it! It’s a beast and an example of techno at its finest. It builds and builds before a fast and unrelenting sub-bass compels you to nod your head and move your feet.
This is an excellently crafted EP and a real joy to listen to either in the club or in your house. It’s tremendously well produced and definitely worth a listen.
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