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THE TRILOGY TAPES

Bogdan Drazic's two debut EPs for Giallo Disco, a pair of monumentally aggressive EBM/techo deviations, were good enough to capture the attention of Will Bankhead's TTT stable, propelling the artist onto a new stage, with a new set of listeners. In fairness, Bankhead has picked some pretty 'out-there' material from Drazic, with the opening "Nang Nubia" being a marvellously twisted whirlpool of techno and metallic power-core, followed by the quirky mechanics of "Goa, Goa, Gone". For the flip, Bogdan delivers "Jack Dat Wabbit", a more bass-heavy stomper with a supremely off-kilter groove under its hood, whereas "Trip This Joint" waves its heavy folds of bass over a broken, disJOINTed medley of beats. Lush. TTT seal of approval.

STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: A pallatable, relatively easy on the ear Trilogy Tapes. Punchy and tough, at times on edge, but overall solid and luscious. Classic TTT but a tinsy bit more dancefloor-friendly. My fave here has to be 'Nang Nubia' which after a sordid entry, hits you right on your face. Great stuff.

Instalment three of the highly popular and sought-after Dolo! Dolo percussion. Expect intricate beats on this beast because it is all about percussion as the title rightly hints. 
 
A1 or Dolo 9 is a warmer up, works well when heating up the dancefloor. By the time you hit 'Dolo 10' you are entering Trilogy Tapes territory head first. Things become a bit more challenging and intricate. Atonal melodies accompany the already crowded beats here. Not bad. 
Turn this vinyl over and you get 'Dolo 11', it sound like made with a Casio in a good way. Dark? Yes. Playable? Yes. And the triangle in here is sweet and friendly. My favourite track here. Again pure unadultered percussion tools here, folks. 
And closing act is 'Dolo 12', this is perhaps the one that deserves the adjective of 'banger'. It is a bad boy. A simple one but effective it is. Seductive and dark at times but dead good and you will get a reaction. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Sil says: Here it is number three of my favourite percussion tools that have been released in recent times. Four tools that will not dissappoint with a banger in disguise. Total destruction.

DJ Nobu & NHK yx Koyxen become MTv for a true Trilogy Tapes themed excursion. "Snow Ball" and "Smart Ball", on the A-side, are two sides of the same coin; the former bleeps placidly to an eerie groove of molecular hypnotics, subtle rhythms hidden amogst the static; while the latter enters the rave with a slow yet brutalist assortment of bass bumps. Intricate little grooves and jarring swaure waves. "Smooth Motion" is a fuzzy, imperceptible techno experiment in the same style as Thomas Brinkmann's oddities, and "Look Back Motion" rattles an itchy, acid-driven stomper over a bare-bones groove that has TTT stamped all over it. Dramatic and tension fuelled throughout, MTv providing a strong addition to TTT's impeccable catalogue...

Well now, what have we here? A super limited, super smooth vinyl treat, that's what! From the mighty triumvirate of Sound Signature, Palace skating and The Trilogy Tapes comes this pure black 12" containing three new tracks from Detroit legend Theo Parrish. The Rotating Assembly man opens the set in an expansive and jazzy mood, massaging circular key motifs over a polyrhythmic drum track that sits somewhere between jack and juke, then lets us luxuriate in those drifting and dreamy spiritual pads. It's another of those Theo cuts that works the mind and the body, locking you into its hypnotic otherworldy groove. The B-side kicks off with the wonderfully named "Petey Wheetfeet", a far out jazz-funk groover as experienced in the middle of the grit and bump of a 3 Chairs set. The rough and ready rhythm plays host to wah rhodes, wriggling clavs and upright bass licks as we start to inhale the second hand smoke of a basement jazz joint. After a cool minute, Theo introduces some live jazz atmospherics and muted horns from down low in the mix and we're left chilling our heels with Ornette, Bird and Dizzy. Dope. The EP closes with the immersive and expressive "Blueskies Surprise", a track which takes the pain and suffering of "Bumpy's Lament", the mellow mood of "Summer Madness" and the heartfelt energy of "Across 110th Street" and refracts it all through Theo's modern jazz prism. Once again the Sound Signature man comes correct with the real deal so don't you dare slip.


Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes label keeps up the full spectrum techno assault on this, the second of two releases to drop this week. Eomac delivers a mindboggling jungle-breakcore-noise hybrid on "Hither, Pappy", recalling elements of Atari Teenage Riot, Autechre and Scam records then mashing them through an post-industrial meat grinder. "Husk" quickly slams its foot on the brakes, easing us back into a blurred 125BPM groove, buzzing with electrostatic discharge. This one hits the veins usually mainlined by techno users Blawan, Analogue Cops, Midland etc. "Tunnel" on the flip gets very corrosive, very quickly! Before long harsh white noise shards and gurgling distorted acid are flatlined right against our eardrums. Brutal, punishing, tech; and just when you think this one's done with you, it spits you back out and punishes you some more - there is no escape!! "I Love You, I Miss You" finally lets us rest, or rather recover, after the unrelenting attack of blast beats. Spiralling off into a dreamy but malevolent cloud of ghostly vocals and plinky-plonky beats.


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