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Minneapolitan Andrew Broder has a list of groups on his bed post, most significantly Fog, Hymie's Basement, Lateduster, and The Cloak Ox. So, quite rightly known mainly for his indie manipulations. Pushing out to electronics by releasing under the Wertheimer moniker, he has returned to the style under his own name. Broken beat repeats and lofi mpc stabs ahoy.

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Wertheimer EP by Andrew Broder
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 08 November 2016

So, Andrew Broder then. Member of Fog, Hymie’s Basement, Lateduster and The Cloak Ox. Now making disturbing music in the field of ‘completely electronic, with samples’ ™. Disturbotronica with old-skool mpc stabs amongst the scattergun beats. Four tracks on this darkly luscious slab of vinyl.

‘Arpeggehater’ punishes with its mix of heavy, bassy beats and washes of distorted noise, then ebbing into layers of slasher-film moog; analog synths have their place after all. Hmm. ‘BTB’ sends skittering machine-tooled beats across a fractured terrain, haunted by ghosts emerging from the shells of dusty old rave warehouses… OK, let’s flip this baby over.

I hope I haven’t been playing this at the wrong speed… Whatever, ‘N.Josie’ (featuring GABI) is terrifying at either speed. My personal preference, however is at 45 pitched down at around -6. Autechre-like fragmented beats and bass rest uneasily under sci-fi pulses and spooky, ethereal and disembodied vocals. The tone shifts towards something more pleasant as the rhythm and melody resolve themselves around an increasingly angelic-sounding voice. Finally, ‘Son’ gives me flashbacks of the ‘90s -- boiler suits, Vicks VapoRub and all. But that’s because I have a stinking cold. Thanks, colleagues.



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