Eccentric imprint Les Points returns for the first time in 2018, bringing with it a quartet of cuts from "Various Xenopunks". Louh kicks things off with a fizzing, saucer-eyed techno shuffler that fixes classic electro chords and Motor City melodies to a bustling and forthright rhythm track, before Nicola Kazimir dips a mentalist, bass-heavy electro workout in modular distortion and a variety of mind-altering spoken word samples. Then, Walid's "Posterior Spinneret" is a fine chunk of end-of-days electro with added foreboding noises, while Audinio's "Venus Flytrap" is the kind of wonky, acid-fired romp that would once have formed part of Rephlex Records' Braindance series of releases.
Swiss quartet Les Points are comprised of Audino, Barbir, LOUH and Nicola Kazimir and are part of a new breed of minimal house musicians and DJs that are hybridising the reductionist groove of early Perlon with Detroit electro-funk sounds of Drexciya or Ectomorph to stunning effect, alongside other purveyors like Italy's Spacetravel or Saverio Celestri. For the label's ninth release, the reins are handed over to Barbir and Kazimir (who often work as a duo) and the results are always nothing short of remarkable. Gentrified Underground Youth LP features a dozen wacky cuts traversing a universe of all things analogue, vintage, lo-fi and classic: but timeless all the same. Tip!
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