Review: UMFANG is the production alias of techno-minded Brooklyn resident Emma Olson, who made her recording debut with 2015's 1080p-released cassette OK. This marks her first appearance on wax, and sees her joining the dots between fuzzy, polyrhythmic techno and otherworldly ambience. She begins with the intelligent techno-era acid lines and heartfelt synth-strings of beat-less number "Riffs", before heading skywards with the fizzing electronic riffs and wide-eyed rush of the similarly percussion-less "Force". Flip for two fine examples of her techno nous - the stomping, post apocalyptic "Ecstatic Layer" and polyrhythmic thumper "Spaces On Spaces" - and the deliciously weird ambient cut "Entrada".
Review: Now we appear to have stumbled onto something very special indeed here as Riffs links up with PROJKTS to unleash a vibrant five track delivery, kicking off with the industrial percussive lines and unpredictable rhythmic manoeuvres of 'Paperclip'. We dive into a more traditional techy creation next as the catchy vocal slices and moogy bassline lead of 'Bootleg Anthem' give us a punchy second coming, before the post-funky drum movements and catchy patois vocal lines of 'My Weapon' continue the good energies. Finally, we move into the 80's inspired synthesizer bangs and choppy snare smashes of the title track 'Quake', to send the whole EP down a completely different direction, coming complete with a gnarly, chop heavy remix to match. Amazing work.