Much deliberation, heated debate, banging of fists and vociferous dismissal took place within the walls of Juno Plus before we arrived at the list you see below. 2010 has been a particularly strong year for all strands of electronic music which is more than evident in the surfeit of genres included on this list. Each of these releases however are albums in the truest sense of the word; something you can pop on at home, in the car, wherever, and soak up over its entirety…
ESP Institute graces our shelves with the second COS MES 12 inch ahead of what’s rapidly becoming a very eagerly awaited album here at Juno HQ. “Gomez Land” is typical of the Japanese duo’s ability to craft uniquely hypnotic techno music from less than common sounds. If you can imagine the noises of a tropical rainstorm being rearranged to a captivating 4/4 rhythm then your ears will welcome what unfolds on the A Side. The brilliance in COS MES is the ease with which they slip between sounds within the confines of a track, most notably in the mid point section where a gentle but insistent piano riff loops around your brain augmented by snapping kick drums and ethereal vocal edits before being engulfed by a steadily rising acid drone and wood block rhythm. This is rich electronic music that grabs your attention for a different reason with each successive play.
ESP call on TBD, the rising stars of the NYC Disco axis, to give the track some added thump and Justin Van Der Volgen and Lee Douglas duly oblige, complementing the brilliance of the original with a cascading acid line here, heavily dubbed effects to the percussion there and a liberal dose of dynamism added to the bass. All the elements combine with blazing radiance on the mid point descent into industrial white noise. The ascent from this into a demonically insane synth line that rides the track out marks a master class in remixing. Brilliance all round.
ESP Institute delivers the third of a quartet of COS/MES vinyl EPs ahead of the release of the Japanese duo’s eagerly awaited album for the label. The press release claims “Chaosexotica” is COS/MES’s most aggressive arrangement to date and we’re inclined to agree, having had this 12” melt our brains upon first listen. From the relatively simple beginnings of minimal syncopation and intense sub bass, a hypnotic melody grows and mutates brilliantly, pulsing with acidic menace. Eventually it forms the shape of a mid melting synth hook augmented expertly by a choir of vocal harmonies. Asking anyone to try and better such brilliance is the definition of a thankless task, but Thomas Bullock is clearly the exception to the rule as his Welcome Stranger remix is superlative. Clocking in at some 13 minutes, Bullock delivers a stripped back rework that drips with psychedelic intent, the singular throb of the bass the one constant amidst a succession of dubbed out abstract arrangements that burrow deep into your psyche. A remix that should be devastating when played in the right environment: which is around 5am on a Sunday morning in some dark basement with speakers bigger than the dancefloor.
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