Review: This is the first in a series of Five Eps from label co-owner Laurent Garnier, and this release gets off to a great start with "Sake Stars Fever". Redolent of classic material like "Sound of the Big Babou" and "Crispy Bacon", the track revolves around an epic, all-encompassing bass that seethes with tension. Garnier builds brittle percussion and a jittery rhythm around this core element to give it the necessary dance floor clout. In contrast, "Let The People Faire La Fete" is a deeper track that builds gradually, using doubled up claps and insistent stabs to reach a seductive crescendo. As always with Garnier, satisfaction is always guaranteed.
Review: The brainchild of Laurent Garnier and Scan X, the COD3 QR label now releases its first album. As always, the identity / identities of who is behind the music remains a mystery, but there is no doubt that each track exudes quality. "Fully Focused" and "Dong" are fine, Detroit techno-inspired jams, with the epic synths on the former and a booming bass on the latter really impressing. Meanwhile, the brooding build up on "Melancolia" is exactly the kind of spine-tingling moment you'd expect to hear in a Laurent Garnier set. In contrast, "Keep On Holding" is a beautiful break beat track, populated by glacial synths. All these tracks come together to make for a great first LP from COD3 QR.
Review: Mysterious split release series COD3 QR reaches double figures with a fine four tracker. The label, which has previously put out music from Remotif, Agents of Time and JoeFarr, promise that it will reveal the identity of the producers behind this tenth volume in the coming months. In the meantime, it's all about the music:
"How D'ya Like Your Beef" is a grinding, low-slung electro jam, while in contrast, the fluid groove. purring bass and airy synths of "Poliritmo" and "Bye Bye" are reminiscent of producers like Vince Watson and Circulation. Meanwhile, "Internal" is based on a tougher rhythm and features more dystopian synths, which is sure to make the reveal fascinating.