Although the Detroit influence is definitely apparent in Motor City’s tracks, this is not just the Detroit-by-way-of-Stockholm set the title might imply. Instead, Sand Circles (aka Martin Heterich) treads his own path, swathing the rhythms in hazy synth washes and neon melancholy. LP reissue on Posh Isolation.
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- Motor City by Sand Circles
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 April 2016
You know that time where you hear something good and new and you think - this must catch on. This exact thing happens on the second track here ‘White Sand’ which is a magnificent slurp of Boards of Canada trying to replicate ‘Feed Me With Your Kiss’ over a thumping techno beat.
The whole thing has been recorded with mud on the mic, ‘Motor City’ has clattering electro beats thumping away over a fart synth whilst ‘Downtown Holdup’ sounds like mellow video game music played through a Fisher Price record player. It’s electrifying and exciting throughout. This tape saturated take on dub and house can veer towards early New Order as seen through a rain drenched car windows (‘Inner City Haze’) or Gigi Masin prowling through a multi storey 'Motor City II').
Will appeal to fans of a) cinematic synths b) tape saturation or probably both.
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