Dark, brooding atmospheres reminiscent of your time as a night-shift factory worker, always throbbing onward: expect those sounds from Lakker’s debut full length. Tundra will give you the chills with its threatening basses and obtuse beats that’ll fill your room, ears and head as soon as the needle touches the vinyl.
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 08 May 2015
Their now-native R&S sees the release of Ireland-based Lakker’s next LP, and it’s a proper melee. Controlled noise and insistent beats coalesce on Tundra to stir you into stony-faced intensity; this is Lakker’s golden era.
The above statement is slightly void, owing to the fact that I’ve only heard a couple of their releases, one of which being the ‘Mountain Divide’ EP, centring around the incredible and raw title track. But for a relatively new production duo, a second LP of this caliber is worthy of high praise. A constantly grinding low end churns onwards, offset by pissed-off synth and a fair amount of melody considering the fray, drawing comparisons to Modeselektor at their dingiest, Shit & Shine and AnD if they would experiment with a few chords every now and then. There’s not too much uptempo bangers, the pace being a little more half-time, even hypnotic at times (‘Halite’ floats around), always totally captivating.
One prominent feature on Tundra besides snowy distortion blasts are the voices and vocalesque synths. Interweaving layers of fragility lie buried in the mix, most apparent in second track ‘Milch’, a kaleidoscope of sliced vocal cords. It’s as if Sigur Ros were remixed by Untold. Fantastic.
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