These days, you never quite know what you're going to get from Roman Flugel, but chances are it'll be worth checking. Desperate Housemen, his first EP for the versatile Live At Robert Johnson, is suitably interesting. Over the four tracks, Flugel flexes his electronic muscles, dusts off some vintage keys and lays down typically spellbinding grooves. There's the palatial Kraftwerkian electro/techno of "Lovedancing", the ambidextrous low-end wobble of "Mulish Crease" (like early Warp IDM with a dancefloor pulse), and even a spot of woozy deep house ("Iron Curtain"). Oh, and the farting sub and nagging hooks of "Dishes & Wishes", a kind of smacked-out version of Mr Fingers "Washing Machine" given a twisted disco makeover. Pretty much what you expected, eh?
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