Shift Work are a pair of analogue synth tweakers making tightly flowing pieces of hypnotising arpeggiations. Document II contains Two Shift Work originals and two remixes, one a slowed down jam from DVA Damas and one a quintessentially Factory Floor-esque Factory Floor reworking. 12” on Houndstooth.
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Careful folks - listen to one too many records by The Fall and Factory Floor and you could end up calling your band Shift Work. At ease… someone's already beaten you to it. ‘Document II’ appears to be the erm… second offering from this pair. The first came out on Optimo Music last year (that’s 2014 if you’re reading this from the future). You get two original cuts and counterpart remixes, one funnily enough from the aforementioned Factory Floor. The other from DVA Damas.
‘Abandoned Hands’ kicks things off and sounds like a bizarre imaginary old New Order remix of Wiley’s ‘Wearing My Rolex’ which our Brian was convinced was a euphemism for “fisting”. A jaunty, stripped back and functional party track with deadpan vocal. DVA Damas’ damaged, narcotic take on the classic sounds of the B52’s produced a somewhat underrated album on Downwards. Joe Cocherell from the duo has put out some techno bangers on Frozen Border and Taylor Birch from the group has popped up on the odd Tropic of Cancer record. On their mix, they sloooow it all the way down into an eerie and sinister paranoid creeper, looping a small vocal snatch along the way and introducing the odd guitar twang.
On the flipside is ‘SFBM’ which thuds along with an EBM flavoured riff that’s all the rage with folks like Traxx, Silent Servant and Powell. After a bit it blossoms into a wailing acidic number. Factory Floor’s mix is more subdued looping things up into an endless hypnotic groove. Nothing on here is either brilliantly flooring or abhorrent, just kinda average trendy new-wavey techno that’s got me on the fence.
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