It’s taken WAO138?! close to 25 tracks to field a vocal number. Those perhaps anticipating an undemanding, imagination-free topline/hook could be surprised by ‘Teardrops’. Not Bjork or Roisin Murphy exactly, but both in terms of class and her atypical inflexion, the un-credited songstress categorically lends the typical WAO bluster something significantly more than its used to.
This one’s a biggie. A low, intense bass sits below the track like a strong-but-mellow shot of expresso, giving the track a smooth and brooding kick of energy. The layers of vocal create an angelic chorale, lifting the whole track to a state of new style liquid. A graceful balance of dark and light decorate the classic Amen, bringing the track into the masterpiece area. The entire EP is nothing short of stunning.
Vintage synth fetisist Black Merlin acts out his coldest dystopian fantasy to date with this wonderfully bleak, minimal synth offering. Picking up career momentum (following killer releases for Weatherall’s Bird Scarer label and Timothy J. Fairplay’s/Scott Fraser’s unstoppable Crimes of the Future label) Black Merlin’s latest is among some of his best; manipulating the sounds of Detroit techno’s genesis, through the coldwave atmospheres of Richard Pinhas and even the theatrical sci-fi of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’. Essential.
Scottish hardcore legend Scott Brown is back with a new release on his Evolution imprint. Scott has always been at the forefront of the bouncy side of hardcore, be it the European flavour, or his native UK style. This release focuses on the current ‘powerstomp’ sound rocking the UK at the moment. No big epic breaks, this is all about 4/4 kicks, bass, blips and bleeps. If there is a better definition of music written for the dancefloor, I want to hear it!