Eric Copeland has been exploring fractured grooves for years now, both solo and with his main outfit Black Dice. But here he lands a double LP on ‘proper’ dance label L.I.E.S., showing a serious intention to get folks moving. Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect is a twelve-track set of weird bangers that’ll give open-minded dancers a seriously good time.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 20 April 2017
Hey look, it’s everyone’s favourite Avey Tare collaborator Eric Copeland making another record about rude punctuation. I swear I just saw that pair of brackets flip me off. This 2LP hamper of dancey delights is out on LIES, the home of left of the field house/techno musicks.
Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect are three concepts that Copeland cares not for. It is also this album’s title, an album containing odd, almost psychedelic bangers starting at A1 ‘Convoy’ that bounces onward while a phased out electro synth plays the acid sounds. This is followed by a slightly clumsy tune so let’s skip that and head to the B side. There’s really a wide range of tempos (tempi?) on this one, as after the stale amble of A2, B1 jacks it up to hi-NRG levels, dragging some bewildered vocal loops with it. Some steady electro riffing segues us to the next highlight, a very drugged-out dubby ooze in the form of ‘Oopsy Dayzee’, a track that almost seems to drift away on its own nonchalant airiness while still underpinned by a thick beat and some gummy bass.
Some of these are a bit too far-out though I’d say. ‘Following the Man’ is a total mess, and as mentioned before, ‘Qualified’ fails to tantalise. But there are moments where you can have some serious fun, such as ‘Ultimo’ or ‘Chinatown’. Perhaps it may have been worth cutting a couple off the album, but who am I to say. Nought but a lowly reviewer for a small-to-middling music e-commerce site. I didn’t even graduate from Techno Academy. Really.
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