Shift LTD is only Prequel Tapes' second release - following the 2015 Inner Systems album for Ninja Tune sub-label R'COUP'D - and sees him nail his colours firmly to the grimy techno mast. "The Stream" is a full on, stomping techno affair, led by pounding kicks, eerie chords and punchy bursts of filtered white noise. It all adds up to a dramatic peak-time affair. On "My Favourite Thing", Prequel Tapes slows down the tempo but in the process doesn't sacrifice the intensity levels, as a muddy bass and sharp percussion make for a slamming track. "Slow Move" closes out the release with dense waves of distorted bass underpinning noisy stabs.
Shadowy producer Prequel Tapes returns to the core of his unique sound, inaugurating his new Gaffa Tape label with two new works of modern industrial composition. He stated that after years of producing music, it was some old DAT recordings from his youth that were the impetus to kick start the imprint. Listening to those recordings was like a journey back into his past. Understanding these recordings was to realise why he does what he does. His new EP is his most intense yet- this is the first in a series of releases/performances for the German artist, which were mixed down by Time To Express' Peter Van Hoesen. From the pitch-black factory floor aesthetics of "Core" (Black) to the brooding darkwave thriller "Two Moons" which is a truly haunting excursion via drone frequencies.
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