Canadian artist Flørist (aka Logan Sturrock) has just moved to... go on guess where.... Berlin ....joining the entirety of the electronic music community but also upping sticks from his homeland. To celebrate, he's grown a moustache and prepped his first-ever release on The Trilogy Tapes. What we have are four slabs of dark, dangerous, dubby and dreamy underground techno/house with some seriously percussive beats and gently sizzling f/x.
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4-track 12" EP on The Trilogy Tapes.
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The Trilogy Tapes can be a difficult label to love. Releases on Will Bankhead’s imprint often show little interest in melody or harmony, focussing instead on drum-centric avant-techno and post-industrial electronic tinkering. TTT pressings have become particularly terse since the label gave us Bullion’s delightful ‘Blue Pedro’ back in 2017, almost as if Bankhead’s guilt at dropping something that was literally all melody had him retreating to the darkest recesses of the club.
Flørist’s ‘4 Letter Word’ EP slots in nicely alongside the arid DJ tools Parris, Ondo Fudd and J. Albert have recently put out on TTT. While you can detect the influence of dub-techno, soundsystem techno and UK bass across the release, ‘4 Letter Word’ is too idiosyncratic to neatly fit in any of those categories.
The opening title-track and closing number ‘Bonus Beats’ ape Dolo Percussion’s TTT output by putting all the attention on rhythm. While the latter opts for a pleasing scuffed-up lo-fi thing, the whirling drums of the former make it an instant highlight. Between these we get ‘Sail’ and ‘Horn’, two entries which at least pay lip service to the notion of tuned instrumentation. ‘Sail’ is a pared-back dub-techno swirl in which a single repeating chord gradually ushers in a slinking beat. It’s watery, sombre and rather beautiful in the way that some Burial tracks are. Meanwhile the rhythmic chord stabs and rolling groove of ‘Horn’ takes it close to deep house, though its neck is too stiff for it to ever be mistaken for a Theo Parrish joint.
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