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Second Woman is the project of two men, Turk Dietrich and Joshua Eustis from Belong and Telefon Tel Aviv respectively. The pair have tried to distill a number of genres, including house, techno, footwork, and dub, to create something that isn't any of them. Released on the mighty Tresor label. 

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Instant / Apart by Second Woman
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 28 March 2018

Second Woman is the duo of Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. They’ve released a couple of great albums and an EP on John Elliott’s Spectrum Spools label, and have now landed on Berlin techno institution Tresor. It makes perfect sense that they should be on the same label that released the recent Porter Ricks album - their sound at its core is certainly techno but with an advanced application of modern sound design that has an affinity with the work of Andy Mellwig and Thomas Köner.

‘Instant I’ rattles, judders and ricochets like an explosion of particles. There are fragments of classic Berlin dub techno bouncing around in there alongside the type of glistening sounds and fractured rhythms deployed by SND or Monolake. It feels like techno deconstructed and reassembled in a way that completely disregards the often mundane 4/4 template. That very template is then utilized on the dreamier ‘Instant II’ in as much as the thump of the kick drum is its skeleton, but it doesn't rely on the usual layering of loops - rather sounds sweep in and out, are broken apart and dissolve. It has a very classic dubby techno sound and yet feels updated and refreshing.

‘Apart I’ tunnels deep into the night with hissy gaseous atmosphere and coiling synths that sound as though they’re tightening up with tension - about to break apart, steadily building into a dense and blissful whole that’s gonna hit the spot pumping out of a soundsystem at 3:00 AM.

‘Apart II’ has similar things happening - almost a reprise without the beats but not quite. As it builds it grows into this majestic, grandiose, almost harpsichord in an echo chamber type thing that reminds me a bit of the overall feel of Autechre’s ‘Oversteps’. A Solid EP thoughout.


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