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- Ikea Zen EP by N1L
8/10 Ant Staff review, 09 February 2017
Martins Rokis follows up his ‘Wrong Headspace” 12” for Lee Gamble’s UIQ label with a six track EP entitled ‘Ikea Zen’.
Opening with the frantic ‘Accelerate’ which squelches and grumbles along erratically, then mutates into something like an old tech-step tune all scrunched up and compressed into a huge ball bearing ricocheting inside a steel pinball machine with Rabit flipping the paddles.
‘Sleep Architecture’ is equally as futuristic, with a restless funk at play that recalls Rian Treanor’s recent work - although this is more aggressive, dynamic and intense. Gushes of grainy sound sweep in, dissolve and disperse while brittle sounds crack and crumble like shattered crystals. It’s an intense, dense and disorientating track to say the least.
‘Galactic Tetris’ pretty much sounds like eating too much acid while playing the classic videogame, then actually becoming absorbed into the game for a rave alongside some robot cuckoos. Then, just when you thought things couldn’t get anymore deranged ‘Fugu’ arrives with it’s liquid globules, crashing metal and alien screeching that I can only describe as sounding like some sort of debauched cyborg dolphin mating frenzy.
‘Hazy One’ is pinned down by a warped techno groove that’s perfectly danceable if the hallucinatory voices and hyperactive gushes of electronics splattering all over it don’t spin you out. And if your poor brain hasn’t taken enough of a beating, then for the truly hardcore, there’s the apocalyptic ‘WARWARWAR’ that comes off like a free party on the Death Star.
By the time the needle hits the run-out groove, I feel like I need counselling. Always the sign of a good record.
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