Known to many under his Mcferrdog moniker, Max McFerren reverts to his own name for this leftfield release on 1080p. Acid funk flavours and expansive synthscapes combine on Sipps to create an alien mood that’s infused with urban melancholy. Out on limited 12" vinyl from 1080p. One copy per customer.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 07 October 2015
Well, if this isn’t madder than Brian giving up his happy pills then I don’t know what is. Perhaps Ian shooting Chewbacca in the face. Or Kim letting her dog be trained non-spiritually. The point is, NY’s Max McFerren makes bizarre, off the wall clown techno, like the odd uncle of Beau Wanzer or the deranged offspring of Ceephax Acid Crew. The titular track on here titillates with a lead synth line that goes into spasms sporadically, the total energy of the track moving from relatively minimal to totally bonkers when some squeaky noises join the melee. What a racket. It edges on housier territory on A2’s ‘Der Funke’, places more emphasis on a chopped cymbal break and a duller thud of a beat, allowing McFerren to play some lovely choral pad chords over the top. Broken beats and more regular arps hit on ‘Ya Bad Sister’, but she walks away unimpressed. It’s probably the repitched vocal sampler that ruined it.
There’s definitely the argument that this is TOO crazy, but judging by the sound of the stuff Ant and my housemate Techno Tommy listens to, this is tame. This is for the manic, jumpy heads out there.
5/10 Sam White Customer review, 3rd October 2015
I'm a big fan of 1080p—I mean, who couldn't be at this point—and barely missed out on the Project Pablo 12", leading to much weeping + gnashing of teeth. It's not so much a comment on 1080p as a whole, but really on Max himself that this one's a bit disappointing. Of course they're going to put more amazing stuff out. Of course this is just a slightly forgettable interlude. Of course there's going to be another Much Less Normal, another Holding New Cards, hopefully on wax rather than limited c40 tape. But that doesn't really lessen the blow.
There was something reassuring about the unhinged, careening round the room madness of Lawd Forgive Me (McFerren's last outing on 1080p), which is why this wonky little set of four runty acid outings feels kinda underwhelming. Title track Sipps' synth melodies stumble about for a bit without ever really crystallising. Second track, Der Funke, has a little more percussive structure and benefits from it tonnes, mixing gentle synth arpeggios with a breathy vocal and and is probably the pick of the bunch. Finisher Hard To Say falls to the same affliction as Sipps, except it's paired with a drum track that sounds like it's being injected right in your cochlea. I haven't mentioned Ya Bad Sister yet. It's just daft, and irritatingly so.
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