The Boutique Of Neverending Dreams - (7:54) 122 BPM
The Printer (That Stole My Time) - (7:36) 127 BPM
Road To The Sea - (6:27) 123 BPM
Review: Irish twosome TR One has drifted between labels over the years, variously delivering quietly impressive house and techno EPs for some fine imprints. Here they make their first appearance on Semtek's formidable Don't Be Afraid imprint. Hints of their techno heritage can be found on wonderfully tactile opener "A Month Has Passed", a pitched-up deep house shuffler rich in Steve Reich style marimba melodies, Motor City techno chords and bubbling electronic percussion. The gentle positivity continues via the swirling Italo-disco/deep house fusion of "The Boutique of Neverending Dreams", before they reach for the New Jersey organs on the sumptuous and sensual "The Printer (That Stole My Time)". Hypnotic late night headiness is provided by spacey dub techno-influenced closer "Road to the Sea".
Review: Despite an impressive discography and fine reputation, Irish techno twosome TR-One has been surprisingly quiet of late. In fact, this EP for Lunar Disko is their first release of note for three years. As you might expect, the four tracks are mostly informed by the classic house and techno strains of the US Mid-West - it is called Chicarlow after all! There are occasional nods towards more creepy, hypnotic European fare (see "Wolseley"), and early '90s style "intelligent techno" ("January 13th") too. Our pick of the bunch is "Lights In Your Rear View Mirror", a shimmering, Motor City-informed chunk of glistening techno futurism blessed with wonderful chord progressions and spacey melodies.
Review: New Dublin based imprint Pogo Recordings honour some local heroes with their first release. TR One have been quietly bubbling under with some quality minimal house releases on London label Fine Art and Belfast's Nice & Nasty over the past few years and "It Ain't Hard To Tell" will add to their growing reputation. All three tracks are exercises in laying sounds atop each with a groove being found through off kilter rhythms. "Shit Ain't Worth It" takes it's cue from the more experimental Detroit mechanics as soft synth flourishes are surrounded by off key percussive elements until a jazzy hi-hat groove rises through the ether to guide the song forwards. The hypnotic qualities of the pensive melodies that seep through "Bombay" are broken only by the sudden emergence of a thumping beat. TR One round things off nicely with the deep dancefloor hues of "Sometime Again". Top release.