Chemotex is a pseudonym of Marcos Cabral, and the Thulsa EP is some of his most danceable, club-listener-accessible work in some time. The four tracks of this 12" duck and thrust around, sparring with the dancers and giving them a good time. Chemotex's Thulsa EP is released by the Trilogy Tapes label.
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7/10 RMCC Customer review, 6th August 2015
Chemotex, perhaps better known as L.I.E.S frequenter Marcos Cabral, offers up his 3rd EP for Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes label in what is surely one of his most varied, and at times dance-floor friendly, efforts to date.
Opener Thulsa sets and interesting tone; it's an almost sci-fi sounding slow-burner of prog-techno, slowly building upon a relentless bass-pulse with higher synth patterns dispersed over the top. It's a nice start, though one may feel at 8 minutes it out-stays it's welcome just a little. The strongest two tacks of the EP, Delta City & Music for Security, follow, moving sharply to two noisy, drum-distorted house jams. There's some some great piano chords dotted over the top of some nice drum-patterns. They're both great to listen to, and strongly recall Anthony Naples 'More Problem' from the fantastic Zipacon EP. They're very similar in tone; however, considering their strength that's no complaint. As alluded to, they both stand a good chance of breaking into a couple of DJ sets this summer.
Finally, the EP is seen out by the minimalist 'Lorentz'. Again, it really is quite the change of tone, this time sounding as if it would not be out of place alongside Pev & Kowton's recent efforts for Livity Sound. It's an interesting way to end the EP, though given the strength of the previous two tracks one might be forgiven for feeling just a little disappointed.
Overall a mixed bag - Delta City and Music for Security, the EP's second and third tracks are a highlight, and Thusla and Lorentz offer interesting, if not quite so strong accompaniment. Yet again, however, the artwork is excellent.
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