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Not one but two excellent puns there, and with track titles like ‘I’m Done with 666’ and ‘Miming Swinging Baseball Bat’ one can expect a degree of wit on a record from someone who has also released music as, erm, Rick Ross. But If I Can’t… spins enjoyment and intrigue from humour. Synths wheeze into life to crank out idiosyncratic and charming melodies, and there is a distance to the production that makes each loop quite beguiling. Vinyl only.

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If I Can't Handle Me At My Best, You Don't Deserve You At Your Worst by Helena Celle
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 21 December 2016

A dramatic switch in scenery for Kay Logan, who plays bass for Glasgow's psych-tinged hardcore outfit Anxiety -- responsible for releasing one of my favourite records of the year in their disorienting swab of a self-titled. She's actually been making music for electronics for a while, both as Helena Celle and Larks -- the former helmed If I Can't Handle Me At My Best, You Don't Deserve You At Your Worst a while ago but here it sees release under the Night School imprint. It presents its splintered house effects under lo-fi mildew, letting compression crumble against sublimely addicting synthlines and ultra-warm chords. Listening to it can digitally manifest anything between a good trance and a warm blanket.

A tune like "I'm Done With 666" plays with the grainy surroundings perfectly, with its diluted and faltering beat coming up against a gurgling synth loop and sparks of a furiously noise. It sounds like a house record that's been opened up in hope of a quick fix, but the fractured compartments come together to form something beguiling and beautiful. This record rules, and it's safe to say we should have reviewed it earlier -- it'll appeal to fans of Huerco S. and his recent lo-fi classic, as well as leagues of dance fans looking for a genre hangover.


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