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8/10 Ant Staff review, 26 October 2017
6-track EP from Chafik Chennouf (previously spotted on Leyla Records) featuring 3 original cuts plus remixes from Lucy, Mondkopf and Katsunori Sawa. ‘Ferroequinologie’ kicks the tape off, creeping like a cavernous smacked out olde Ed Rush & Optical cut - crawling at a snail's pace and oozing ominous sci-fi dread with skull rattling bass doom. ‘Hanneton’ increases the bass pressure, grumbling like a giant cyborg waking from his slumber. It comes ultra-heavy, but just as it feels as though it could implode on itself, trappy hi-hats and zig-zagging synths shift it from apocalyptic into somewhere more cyberdelic. Kind reminds me of some Rabit stuff but more crushing. Stroboscopic Artefacts bossman Lucy injects some tunnelling techno energy into ‘Ferroequinologie’ and launches it into hyperspace. While Paul Régimbeau aka Mondkopf’s take phases things up, sounding like the original being smashed into atoms and sucked into a wormhole. Katsunori Sawa’s (Steven Porter, Weevil Neighbourhood) remix is immense - proper ghost in the machine business - dragging the entrails of the original into some abandoned industrial plant on a distant planet and reanimating it’s ghost via superb futuristic sound design. Following the breathless intensity of a solid triplet of remixes, there is respite in ‘The Observer Effect’. If the previous tracks were like uncontrollably hurtling through space and crash landing, this is like coming round in the wreckage, having survived and marvelling at the possibilities of entering a new world.
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