Review: Bahnsteig 23's Record Store Day 2017 offering is, rather predictably, something of a lavish treat. It features a quartet of cuts from extended family members stretched over a lovingly produced EP. First up you'll find a fine chunk of skewed, lo-fi drum machine and synth groovery from Sneaker, the slipped Kraftwerk warmth of Cosmic Xpress, and then the tipsy, synth-driven krautrock revivalism of Bullion's Michy Maus. Up next is the slack-tuned drums, acid-fried stoner rock guitars and alien noises of Yama Yama by Il Est Vilaine, and closing proceedings is the low-slung, industrial-era outsider funk of Jamie Paton's Dept Life.
Review: Sneaker; not just a cool sounding name... Edits as strong, rigorous and mind blowing as his require comfortable footwear. Lavish synth funk leads with a eastern allure on the infectious "Goddess", "Watumba" is tom tom tamping funk beast that you could imagine every DJ from Harvey to Hell spinning while "Magic Fly" takes us on a slightly less obscure but thrilling orchestral cosmic sojourn. "Do It" rings the final bell with kitsch staccato synth effect and playground vocal calls to action. Tighten up your laces and do the robot.
White Glow (feat Al Goz & Helena) - (7:23) 126 BPM
Misty Mirror - (7:52) 124 BPM
Sumatra Rain (feat Al Goz & Helena) - (7:05) 126 BPM
Run To You - (7:40) 114 BPM
Review: Sneaker makes his debut on Uncanny Valley, with an EP supposedly inspired by a hot, humid stay in Indonesia. There's certainly something decidedly sweaty and tropical about the intensely percussive "White Glow" (featuring guests Al Goz and Helena, whose stylish vocal perfectly fits the cacophonous, guitar-ridden groove), while "Misty Mirror" sounds like the product of a combination of tropical fever, and too many nights spent listening to eyeliner-wearing new wave and post punk records. The dubby, wide-eyed and decidedly out-there "Sumatra Rain" - a kind of alt-rock house track, with added post-punk attitude -is similarly inclined, while "Run To You" (a bizarre but brilliant Brian Adams cover) is deeper, but no less fuzzy. Interesting stuff, all told.
Review: Dresden-based imprint Uncanny Valley reach release number four with this three track EP from Sneaker, Cvbox and Stefan Lohse. Sneaker's "You Think You Think" kicks things off with claps and a chuggy bass forming the rhythmic thrust along with some decidedly metallic synth twangs! Cvbox's "Machinematch" gurgles with acidic intent, while Lohse's "Pl'a'tschern" is comprised of water drips and an ominous thudding techno bass drum serving as the metronomic pulse, before a warped bassline comes in to provide the track with that oddball charm that Uncanny Valley specialise in. Be sure to keep and ear out for release number five, which will be helmed by Jacob Korn (with a notable deviation in terms of artwork from previous releases). UV is fast becoming an essential little label.