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12" on The Trilogy Tapes in hand stamped, silk screened sleeve.
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9/10 RMCC Customer review, 6th August 2015
Italian analogue-techno pair EMG and Battista team up for their first effort on Will Bankhead's ever-excellent Trilogy Tapes label for a 4-track offering of hard-hitting, trigger-happy blasts of sludgy techno. It's a natural fit for the label, with EMG previously outing on similar outfit Berceuse Heroique.
The EP keeps up TTT's love-affair with noisy, fuzz-infected brutality. We're taken on a journey from 150BPM to 100BPM, with sharp blasts of vocal and distorted drum patterns. 'Insatiable Desire' kicks things off with a strong beat and synths which sound almost as if they're screaming to be released. The record then takes a sharp turn, moving to much slower, but no softer 'Spaceman.' This one doesn't flow quite like the first track, but it's no less enticing, twisting and turning through drums and samples which sound almost as if they're purposing trying to trip each other, and themselves, up.
The B - Side, however, is where the EP's best moments arrive. 'Thrill Seaker' is exactly that, beginning at a plodding pace but building into strong, shouting slab of Appointment-style techno. Given EMG's affiliation with the group, it's no surprise. To finish, 'Electric Cave' again builds slowing, but this time from a range of sinister bass-synth. Blasts of noise accompany more triggered vocal samples create the strongest track on the record.
What really stands out on this record is it's balance between cohesion and variation. Each track offers something new, whilst being instantly recognisable as part of a greater whole. It's a rare thing, and an even rarer thing to see done so well. Also, quite possibly the best artwork of any record you're likely to pick up this year.
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