Sterling Moss & DJ No Comment!* / Squat Dom / Tassid & Eski (3) ‎– Robosapien

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Hive (2) ‎– XHIVE009
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM
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Tracklist

A Sterling Moss & DJ No Comment!* Robosapien
B1 Squat Dom Fuck Ya System
B2 Tassid & Eski (3) Wake Up

Notes

Side A plays at 45 ⅓ RPM, side B at 33 RPM.

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Mr.TomServo

Mr.TomServo

September 18, 2017
edited 6 days ago

Excellent release across the board. "Wake Up" is a pounding acid techno sledgehammer featuring a thumping kick, Donnie Darko samples, and one hell of a mean acid line. The cumulative result is the acid-techno equivalent of a cement truck driving over your brain (in a good way). My favorite part comes a 64-measure after the main drop, when a quick "wagga-wagga" synth heralds the arrival of a new element---namely, a computer-esque "bleep" sound that stays with the track for most of its remaining duration. For whatever reason, that little "bleep" noise takes the track to a whole new level for me, and provides the proverbial "icing on the cake" for an already-great tune. Damn, what a rocking track. 5/5.

"Robosapien" is another badass tune, though a much different beast than Wake Up. Indeed, Robosapien has Sterling percussion stylings and a notably devious vibe, an attribute that seems to intensify as the track makes its way toward the central breakdown. Sort of acid techno for mischief, this one. In the breakdown, we get some sage words from everyone's favorite cybernetic organism, and then the tune just storms back to life. Ultimately, I think what I like best about this track is the diesel-engine bassline and snarling acid grooves; they really give the tune backbone and depth. Well done, Sterling and Aaron. 4.5/5.

I love Dom's work in general (and a few tunes in particular, such as Anticapitalista), but for whatever reason, "Fuck Ya System" doesn't quite stand out to me as much. To be clear, it's a decent tune---nothing to dislike, really, and if you know Dom's style, this is certainly in the same general territory. But it just doesn't quite set my brain on fire the way several of his other tracks do (e.g., "Going Equipped," "Communists on Acid," "Wandsworth Nick Ain't that Bad," "Suburban Tedium," etc.). So this is totally decent and playable (I'll say 4/5), but it's probably third fiddle on the record for me.