Laval is a collaboration between French veteran Electric Rescue and Kmyle, which earlier this year yielded an EP for Stockholm Ltd. Now the pair comes with a more developed release. "Nebula" and "Veil of Mist" are deep, reflective pieces of mood music, while on "Dina Goldschack", they delve into atmospheric dub techno. Despite these flirtations with other sounds, they also deliver with a direct approach and "Our Turn" and "Forest Murder" resound to chilling textures as well as club-primed linear rhythms. On "TT 107", the pair diversify again with a menacing, stepping rhythm, but as "No Hypocrisy" shows, rolling, tripped out grooves are really their forte.
Since the 90s, Par Grindvik's label has been following an unpredictable path and this is audible on its latest split compilation. Patch Two starts with Z.I.P.P.O's dreamy "Fabula", which features the wispy vocals of Gabriella Vergilov. By contrast, Laval's "Spitshine" sees the release veer towards the dance floor, resulting in a thundering tribal affair that revolves around heavy kicks and a dark, tranced out riff. Z.I.P.P.O changes gear on the firing rhythm and relentless, dense hi hats of the Rob Hood-style minimalism of "Cycle", while on "Incoming Goods", Jeff Rushin takes down the tempo but maintains the moody atmosphere thanks to some menacing bass stabs and eerie tonal bleeps. Rounding off this brilliantly off centre release is the thundering, Polygon Window-sounding techno of Oliver Rosemann's "Then We Will Fight In The Shade".
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