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16 Apr 12
Review: Presumably signing off on their excellent debut album from last year, this EP comprises two Sepalcure originals - the juke gone broken-beat of "Eternally Yrs" and the previously unreleased "Don't Cry", a tense standoff between hyperactive 808 and more flowing, soulful waves of vocal and drifting synth delay. As with any Hotflush release, the remixers are exceptionally well chosen - Marcus Intalex in his Trevino guise transforms "Hold On", pulling the original's looser elements together with a taut rhythmic focus, but the big remix is from Canadian wunderkind Kevin McPhee. His take on album standout track "The One" sets the delicate stabs into the background, turning it into a rolling drum-led behemoth which is neither house nor techno, but somewhere pleasantly in between.
31 Jan 11
Review: Another hotly tipped act to appear on Scuba's Hotflush imprint, Sepalcure blend ambient soundscapes with lush melodies, hushed vocals and a deep, experimental post-dubstep sound that's quite frankly, really rather wonderful. Kicking off with the title track, Sepalcure send us into a sublime headspace which is somewhere between contemporary hot shots like Mount Kimbie, Pariah and fellow yanks Vondelpark and Ninja stalwarts like Cinematic Orchestra. Next, "Your Love" takes things even more downbeat with echoing, reverbed atmospheric crackles and a warm, murmuring b-line yet there is a sense in which this track won't settle - constantly fidgeting and looking towards the horizon until entering a contemplative passage towards the end. It leads us neatly into "No Think" - which could well be the defining track of the EP, what "Work Them" was to Ramadanman last summer. Here, lurching 2-step rhythms hit home with great effect, the same shimmering, barely-there vocals and an overwhelming sense of brooding darkness. Divine. "Inside" closes the EP with a short two-minute Flying Lotus style finale, incorporating string flourishes, muttering lyrics and warm ambient watercolour washes.
07 Nov 11
UK Funky/UK Garage
Review: As a prelude to their debut album, released in December, Sepalcure (the pairing of Braille and Machinedrum) drop this single containing "Pencil Pimp", one of the album's many highlights. "Pencil Pimp" is an uptempo track in the vein of Machinedrum's album from earlier this year, incorporating the rhythmic flex of footwork and insistent piano line with washed out textures and acoustic samples which recall labelmates Mount Kimbie. Up next is "I'm Alright", a track exclusive to the single release. If the A-Side seemed like Machinedrum was taking the lead, then this track is obviously much like Braille's recent EP on Hotflush. Combining broken beats with a housier tempo, the track is as rich as its counterpart, utilising its titular vocal sample to great effect, with razor sharp handclaps swimming in an ocean of aquatic synths.
21 Nov 11
Review: Following last year's acclaimed EPs on Hotflush, Sepalcure, aka Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma had some time off from the project and achieved huge things separately - Stewart as Machinedrum has released one of this year's best albums on Planet Mu, and Sharma as Braille two of this year's best EPs on Hotflush and Rush Hour. Incredibly, this album manages to exceed their individual achievements; skilfully combining broken beat, dubstep, and the more classic tones of house, this album is only matched by Mount Kimbie's Crooks & Lovers in terms of textural richness and fluid rhythms. Whether it's the echoes of Detroit techno in "The One", the soul inspired melodies of "See Me Feel Me", the footwork rhythms of "Eternally Yrs" or the dubstep-evoking bass oscillations and rhythmic stutter of "Yuh Nuh See" and "Breezin", each genre boundary they cross is done with the kind of skill that few of their peers operating under the sometimes shady term "post-dubstep" could ever hope to emulate.
15 Aug 11
Review: Known individually as Praveen Sharma and Travis Stewart, AKA Braille and Machinedrum, Sepalcure have become known for their own sublime take on dubstep, garage and broken beat. Now their debut Hotflush release gets the remix treatment from four big names. First up XI takes the broken vocal samples of "Love Pressure" and combine them with his own devastating production skills, with the huge bassline complementing the melodic qualities perfectly. FaltyDL meanwhile delivers another exceptional remix, with a warmth that matches anything on his recent album whilst combining with manic juke-inspired rhythms. Jimmy Edgar slows it down with his remix of "Every Day Of My Life", adding some serious low end to the airy original, and turning it funky. Finally Daedalus takes the completely insane option, chopping up the structure of the track, adding crazed piano stabs and jungle breakbeats to the sedate original.