Bookworms is a bouncy techno project hailing from New York. I always enjoy it when techno, which has a tendency to be somewhat strict in adherence to the 4/4 (no bad thing by the way) is deviated somewhat, and Bookworms excels at this, subtly changing up tempos and playing around with rhythms. Lots of fun this 12”! On L.I.E.S.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 05 August 2015
This is a record of academic electronic interpretations of Hookworms' songs. Listening? I just told a L.I.E, this is actually a new Long Island Electrical Systems 12” from NYC, featuring 4 tracks of thumping, bouncy techno endeavours doing all sorts of interesting rhythmic shit over the top of that comfy 4/4 kick. It’s not banging in the 130bpm+ sense; the steady pulse of the beats making these seem like deep groovers, but no less dirty. Side A rings out a polyrhythmic meditation overlaid with lo-fi hats and snarling feedback, followed by an even slower exercise in hand drum/sizzle synth interplay that seems to bubble with lifelike irregularity. Over on the B, the deep vibes and buried hats continue, floating past woodblock synths before a highly leftfield number tears itself apart to finish it all off. It all seems like it leads up to that final track, where the man removes the safety harness from his machines, their errors sounding unpredictably.
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