An ever-rising star on the electro scene, Ismael presents us with his latest release from the record label ‘Nous’ entitled ‘Low Contrast’. This record has been described as an electric mix of the coolest techno and of old school experimental house, combined with elements of dub-techno. This EP is available on Vinyl 12”.
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- Low Contrast EP by Ismael
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 14 June 2017
Apparently this Ismael folk has been making waves in the electro funk scene but I can’t really detect that here. I guess hailing from the US, this producer sees their debut on Nous 12” disc label who have also seen the likes of Call Super and Karen Gwyer recently, so I guess this Ismael person must have something going on, right?
Oh boy, do they. This is possibly one of the best 12 inchers I’ve heard in a while. Some swirling detroit chords and a sketch of a beat act as a mechanistic overture intro to A2 ‘As She Walks By’, which steps things up a notch with a spectacular ~140 footwork / dub x-over tune complete with repeated downpitched vocal saying the titular phrase. This is followed by a bouncy broken beat techno track with extreme warped scraping noises as percussion, an industrial treat. Gonna skip over B1 because B2 ‘Shiel’ is a grooving but screechy banger that’s as close to electro as we’ve seen so far except with distorted hardcore kicks and did I mention the screeches?
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