The Geezer* / John Rowe / Osmo & Athar ‎– Scythe 12

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Scythe Squadron ‎– SCYTHE 12
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A The Geezer* Jaw Dropper
Written-By, Producer – The Geezer*
B1 John Rowe Catlleprod
Written-By, Producer – John Rowe
B2 Osmo & Athar Synthetic Garden
Written-By, Producer – Athar, Osmo

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Mr.TomServo

Mr.TomServo

March 1, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Just to offer a third opinion here, I'll sort of split the difference.

That is to say, I think this is a good release overall, though compared to the rest of the Scythe catalog, I can't quite use the word "great." Still, it is worth owning, at least for my money.

As for specifics, Geezer's track is probably my favorite on the release---no surprise for those who know my tastes. That said, I'm sort of ambivalent about the vocal; I don't hate it, but I'm not overly fond either. But all the trademark Geezer qualities are here. Ultimately, it's a solid middle-of-the-set type track (a good "filler," perhaps), and can be used to double-drop with another tune (especially another Geezer tune) quite well, in part due to that vocal I'm ambivalent about (given the possibilities for chopping and beat-juggling while double-dropping).

I appreciate John's tunes in part because they seem to be more eclectic and varied than many other producers (i.e., his tracks don't seem formulaic or cliched). And along those lines, "Cattleprod" has sort of a funky element to it, due in no small measure to the bassline and chopped/rolling vocal sample. But when the acid drops a little more than a minute and a half into the tune, it takes the track to a notably higher level. And you get more of the same after the breakdown---stomping techno with a bit of funky attitude. Solid, rocking tune.

Lastly, we get "Synthetic Garden," which, at least to my ears and brain, approximates a sound closer to what I would call modern acid trance than acid techno, in part because of the synths, and also because the kick drum and percussion scheme don't quite sound like prototypical techno percussion. At the very least, it's different from the typical UK acid techno sound, though that doesn't mean the tune isn't interesting. Indeed, the track has some good acid work and an enjoyable robotic breakdown. But I suppose my main criticism of this track is it doesn't really enter a "fifth gear"---it just sort of lingers in the "good" territory without becoming "great." Put simply, I like this tune, but I wouldn't say it's a "floor-burner" or "speaker-melting" track. It's more cerebral.
japedumarie

japedumarie

April 29, 2015
I absolutely adore the Osmo & Athar track and for me it's one of the best new acidtechno tracks I heard this year. Awesome production with excellent blow in the middle - it's amazing. The John Rowe track is working for me, too ! Love it; more simpler acid - but a really strong track for me !! The Geezer track is not working for me. But.... great release ! A highlight in my collection !!