Producer Al Lover continues to extend the inexplicable fondness musicians have for diamond shapes on their album covers with Cave Ritual, which I believe also has some music: a fascinating mix of fiery psych riffs, gooey synth and real producer shit makes this one up, the beats as firm and thrilling as ever. If Michael Bay ever makes a film on a handheld camera, he knows who to call.
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On vinyl which could be described as chocolate in lime jelly in colour, this is the latest release from this San Franciscan producer who (it says here) has been compared favourably with Gaslamp Killer and J Dilla. Neither comparison will prepare you for the slow burning kosmiche synth-scape of lengthy opener ‘Genesis Porridge’ (yup) which builds from slow ethereal beginnings to the kind of pulsing metronomic synth piece that would be perfectly at home soundtracking some Italian horror flick about someone slashing someones face off.
Overleaf you get six tracks that more than make the numbers up. ‘Death Rattle’ is a churning piece built around a guitar sample that I bet is Brian Jonestown Massacre or someone which goes round and round until some fizzing synths disrupt the status quo. This sets the patterns for the other tracks which all seem to use quick three second samples of psych rockers ‘Permanent Now’ being the highlight. Its kinda like J Dilla using fragments of Thirteenth Floor Elevators back catalogue to create another ‘Donuts’. Original stuff - if kinda samey. Apart from, that opening track which is completely standalone.
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