Release number two from Taraval, cannily titled Taraval II. The 12” EP is released by Text, the imprint of Kieran Hebden (aka Mr Four Tet). These four tracks have cool, stuttering rhythms and a fresh feel to them: this certainly sounds like a member of the extended Four Tet family. Limited edition 12”.
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New on Text and limited numbers so that should do it for you before you read a word but this is definitely worth a listen for those people who straddle the techno/house divide. Opener 'Where's Leon' is probably the best thing you are going to get on this EP or on any EP for the rest of this week. It begins with some driving Boiler Room-friendly beats but during the course of it's six minutes mutates from squiggle 'n' thump techno to a heartbreaker courtesy of a lovely piano line and snatches of barely discernible vocals. Match this with the propulsive nature of the percussion and we have the classic archetypal late summer dancefloor thumper. Sumptuous.
The rest of the EP is impressive without providing any further emotional resonance. 'Texler Acid' is indeed a full on acid banger with waiting siren, 'Bart's Sanctuary' begins with those clipped beats before weird fast moving snatches of samples come into play before the whole thing switches into pounding techno with nods towards DJ Rashad style footwork. Closer 'Opal Cliffs' updates old skool rave for that September where you could stand outside the club in a t-shirt and shorts.
Impressive but I wanted to cry more.
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