London Modular ‎– We Are The Mod!

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Electrix Records ‎– ELECTRIX014
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, EP
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A1 Concerning Irregular Figures 4:38
A2 Exit Strategy 4:52
B1 Glovebox 4:16
B2 Glovebox (Assembler Code Rewind Remix)
Remix – Assembler Code
4:40

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Launching its 20th anniversary year is none other than London Modular with the ‘We Are The Mod!’ EP featuring 3 new original cuts plus a remix by Assembler Code.

For anyone who’s been living in a cave for the last few years London Modular Alliance (appearing here as London Modular) is a collective that lies somewhere between a shop and a cult. From their base in the former industrial warehouses of Hackney Wick, London Modular have been designing their own cases, working out practical ways of chaining multiple synths for live performance, selling units from their shop front, and taking themselves on the road to run workshops and gigs. From the lazer-lit confines of sweaty clubs to the hushed environs of Tate Britain and the V&A, they fill spaces with the whoosh and sweep of man co-operating with machine, bringing the dynamics of dance music to the ideals of modular synthesis, and forcing anyone with ears to acknowledge the potency of the format once more. With them, the sound of the future has returned.

From the metallic tones and deeper-than-deep bass of opener ‘Concerning Irregular Figures’ to the jerking electro-funk-meets-dub of ‘Glove Box’, via the squeaking and squelching of ‘Exit Strategy’, it’s clear London Modular, as ever, mean business. Meanwhile Aussie Electro protagonist, Assembler Code who has been an integral part of the modern Electro scene, often working alongside fellow countryman, Jensen Interceptor, goes it alone here for a ‘Glove Box’ rework that tweaks the tempo and ups the acidity for maximum dance floor impact.

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thevinylcurtain

thevinylcurtain

January 4, 2020

With artwork and a title which combines Bradley Wiggins’ favourite roundel and ‘Quadrophenia’, London Modular confuse the issue by producing three tracks of very forward looking electro. ‘Concerning Irregular Figures’ has the fullest sound on this release: it’s well-rounded, bass-heavy and flows eloquently. Both ‘Exit Strategy’ and ‘Glove Box’ are paired down exercises in skeletal machine funk. The beats sounding like sonic renditions of synapse transmissions. Assembler Code adds some bounce and energy on his remix, remaining faithful to the original in most other respects. You don’t need a mohair suit to dance to this, but it could add subliminal emphasis.