Central to the UK techno scene since the '90s, B12 launch Deceased Unknown, their latest EP. Recently making new music for the legendary Soma and Delsin, here the duo give us four slices of the deep and dark stuff on their new sub-label. Complex drums, organ chords and gnarled basslines lurk within the grooves. Red & black splatter vinyl with glorious artwork by Sarah Sparkes, on FireScope.
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 September 2016
Well the vinyl is nice and splurgy. And red. A vibrant shade of red. I do wish though that people would label the speed of records. It can’t be that hard. The amount of time we waste playing 12”s at the wrong speed will probably be one of the reasons cited if we ever go out of business
Opener ‘Condukter’ is a strange mix of skittering beats and the sort of organ you might find on a Young Marble Giants album. It’s a nice blend especially when some acidic squiggles are added. ‘Don’t Look Down’ is sounding like it is horror influenced, the beats are still as skittery (think slo-mo Squarepusher) but there are doom laden chords and eerie noises to frighten you. Of B12 knows anything it’s about how to create beats that bounce all around the place, all impressive but I keep waiting for that killer bass line to kick in which never seems to happen. Still ‘Blue and Green Capsule’ is energetic and percussive enough to get by with some Autechre-ish moves on the synth and closer 'Minor Decay' is the loveliest thing here by a furlon with some softly churning synth being all atmospheric everywhere juxtaposed with some distorted squiggles and thumping bass kicks. Nasty and nice together. Perfect.
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