Morgan Louis kicks the White Material label back into action, with a brand new 12”, titled Only 1. Four tracks on here, pulsing their way through some compelling low-down dance action. With the right crowd, this could really take over bodies. Three locked grooves on the record too, if you really want to drive the crowd to infinity.
12" £5.99 WM006
12" on White Material inc. 3 locked grooves.
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Repetition repetition repetition repetition. The Fall’s recent appearance on Glastonbury at times showed repetition as an art form - how a simple groove when looped ad nauseum can provoke a kind of ecstatic reaction amongst an audience.
The opener here ‘Only 1’ provokes a very similar reaction. It uses a low end loop with some tumbling percussion and simply fades a hi-end blip in and out, yet I’m mesmerised. At one point a kick drum drops out and when it re-appears it’s kind of... dare I say... orgasmic? (We stepped well away from Clint at this point - Ed.) It’s the power of doing absolutely nothing at all -- when something does happen, it’s thrilling. It also features the quickest fade out in recorded music history before ‘3Sex’ drifts in -- these are barely beats, just the sound of a factory hum calibrated to being in 4/4 time.
Over on the other side ‘Donno‘ is relatively busy, its eeriness reminding me of Demdike Stare but far more beat driven. The final ‘Not U I Won’t 123‘ brings a hitherto unseen warmth to proceedings. If the rest of the tracks are cold techno grey this is a beautiful yellow driven along in a warm and sunny split second rhodes sample. Very impressive and creative stuff all round.
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