February 8, 2011

Syntheme - Lasers 'N' Shit (2009)

Lasers features twenty tracks of raw acid, a daunting task on paper, but it’s to Louise Wood’s credit as an artist (and sequencer) that I never once felt compelled to skip ahead. In addition to her acid chops, Wood’s an adept selector of panting disco vocals. Dig those vocalized cuts on Mimtro, sexy but odd enough to suggest Wood’s intentions lie to the left of pure dance floor fodder. Xwc, meanwhile, features a deep male voice breathing out what sounds like ‘push it’ on repeat, letting off steam over a sweaty electro workout. Wood is also prone to scale things back from the 4/4 kick pound at points, such as on the mysterious minor chords of "144a Acacia Overdrive" or "FabaceaeCPea"’s detuned analog screech and sequenced cymbal and snare rushes (with a vocal sample that, unbelievably, sounds like its gibberish title). Great release, grab it!

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