Review: Not An Animal return with their second installment, this time from Ess O Ess, aka Chris Stoker and Jamie Blanco. Their original offering, Cantillate, isn't an easy beast to identify, being equal parts swamp-rock and techno. Imagine you've stumbled across an ephedrine and moonshine fueled rave in a deep Louisiana bayoux in the year 3000, and you're close. Add an out-there vocal refrain, and you'll start to appreciate why this is a particularly distinct record. Relocate said rave to a some kind of Space Ship hitting hyperspace, with photon torpedoes fully armed, and you'll suddenly find yourself with the first remix, as created by Ene Records owner Chida. Continuing the hybrid vibes, the final remix comes from Suzanne Kraft (yes, that guy), who offers a tropical approach with added dub to his interpretation.
Review: After strong turns on Ene Records and Love On The Rocks back in 2014, Ess O Ess make a welcome return with this surefooted single for Not An Animal. "Flamingoes & Wombles & The Blue Oyster Cult" is an urgent, driving slice of motorik disco powered by arpeggios, live bass and shamanistic chanting that calls to mind Yello's chart-baiting classic "The Race". The original version keeps the synth levels high throughout, while the "Cyber Dub" teases the ingredients out for a more subtle effect. Whichever side you plump for though, the transcendental qualities are strong on this EP.
Take You To A Secret Place (original mix) - (7:25) 119 BPM
Take You To A Secret Place (Dub mix) - (7:39) 119 BPM
Take You To A Secret Place (Kuniyuki Hard remix) - (8:23) 117 BPM
Take You To A Secret Place (Angophora remix) - (4:25) 154 BPM
Take You To A Secret Place (Kuniyuki Soft remix - digital bonus track) - (8:21) 117 BPM
Review: Not An Animal are known for their heated takes on the art of disco-sampling house music, and Ess O Ess is one of the key factors in defining that sound. This comes through in spades on Take You To A Secret Place, where the title track comes marching out atop a deadly bassline that will cut through any mix to get the people freaking out. The dub mix is equally deadly, flying a generous dose of cosmic sparkle into the mix without losing the punch in the original production. Kuniyuki Hard takes a daring approach that slows the track down to a creep and emphasises space and tension. The Angophora version is even more drastic, seemingly stripping all the recognisable elements of the track out and leaving behind a plaintive thread of ambient instrumentation.