Polymer by Plaid

It’s album ten in the bag for Warp veterans Plaid. Another fine set of energetic and melodic breakbeats, no doubt, although this one seems a bit darker than usual. The duo uses the triple-theme of “polyphony, pollution and politics” to springboard into varying levels of charm and unease. Polymer may also have taken its name from the legendary record label who released Spinal Tap's Smell the Glove.  

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Polymer by Plaid
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8/10 Clinton 30 May 2019

Artie Fufkin, Polymer Records here with the hot new album from Plaid. Know these guys? From a little place over in England I hear. They used be in this band...what is it now? The Black Dog. Great stuff. They've been making electronic whatdoyoucallit?? time stuff for many years now and this is their latest and some may say greatest release.     

Got to get these guys in for an album signing session soon. They blast out of the traps with 'Meds Fade', a gritty piece of electronic pulse  - almost as powerful as the Chemical Brothers these guys. Heavy heavy bass and long electronic drones. Hey both 'Los' and 'Maru' are exactly the same length  - 4.50 - the golden track length. The latter thumps like an early Autechre track  - you know what I'm saying?  These guys have lost none of their abilities with keyboards but the odd track like 'Ops' doesn't whet my whistle if you know what I mean . You gotta be patient with these guys though  - they slowly build tracks out of nothing  - take 'Drowned Sea' with its metallic clanks. Nothing going on there you'd think but check your email for awhile and you realise they are building up these layers of electric sound  - gaining in intensity each time around. Oh and get on board with the balearic acoustics of 'The Pale Moth'  - some gorgeous Spanish guitar in there. Who'd a thunk?   

It's a great record. Tell you want. If this doesn't sell then do me a favour. Just kick my ass, okay? Kick this ass for a man, that's all. Kick my ass. Enjoy. Come on.

Artie Fufkin, Polymer Records



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