Black Dice man Eric Copeland returns with another set of solo jams. I love this guy’s sensibility for scrambling up fragments of broken samples and all manner of unidentifiable audio bits-and-pieces into weirdly party-friendly pieces. Your head will nod, you may even dance! Jesus Freak is on L.I.E.S.
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Black Dice dance enthusiast Eric Copeland has been trancing and traipsing about the place, finding a home on L.I.E.S for yet another release in his favourite of styles, the electro jam. Collating loops of vocal samples with a tinny family of programmed drums, ‘Jesus Freak’ is another giddy entry into Copeland’s catalogue of micro dance pop; it sounds simple and minimalist while busying itself with the practices of squelchlords like Animal Collective and Dan Deacon.
There’s a lightness to many of the tracks on ‘Jesus Freak’, including the savvy “Elephant”, whose almost dampened beats and distant whistles recall playing Mario Party with the volume turned down low, the wordless shouting standing in for the overloud family argument over who gets to play as Yoshi. The beat plays a similarly minute role on “Reheateo”, where it pounds but in the midsts of a lounging, hushed dance party -- voices are the focus here, acting as both the backdrop and the foreground in an exchange of quick, wordless motifs that eventually extend to a vocal hook and a housier melody.
It’s perfectly measured, moving from the contented murk into a mix of clearer, more propulsive pop music. Keep it up, Copeland. I don’t need to ask, but do. Go on. Please.
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