Electronic with an experimental twist from Electric City Underground and Howie B #electronic #experimental #leftfield #downtempo @pussyfootrec

Two tracks to close the working week that have an experimental or leftfield edge from Electric City Underground and Howie B.

Electric City Underground is a project that began in Nova Scotia, Canada. It was founded in 2006 by Kirk Comstock and has released four albums to date. ECU now includes a range of musicians, so it’s unsurprising that Iconoclasm has an organic rock band feel. Shades of Pink Floyd, New Order and the 90s electronic live acts such as The Chemical Brothers. But also a bit of cut and paste from artists like Coldcut.

After a psychedelic ambient start with samples about the universe Iconoclasm offers an abrupt switch of pace to something scuzzier and more epiphanic. A good time sixties band blended with some 90s electronic rock. The samples move to alternating between “nothing to fear” reassurance and “think for yourself” disorder. Hardly surprising in a track that claims to be “A song about getting away from earth before it all falls apart.” And a title that celebrates “the action of attacking or assertively rejecting cherished beliefs and institutions or established values and practices.”

But that’s to make all of this out to be a more cerebral exercise than the track itself. It is an exhilarating electronic rock rollercoaster that takes you on a switchback journey of sound, samples and sensations. Good stuff.

Meanwhile, Howie B returns with Brass Is Brass. This could all be a bit “Brexit means Brexit” redundancy. Intead, it’s a downtempo, wobbly adventure powered by trumpets, squelches and electronic squwaks. Despite the downtempo nature of the track there’s a really energy and excitement here. A bit of order from chaos sensation reigns. A Bond-esque parkour rooftop chase across South London. Wonderful.

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~ by acidted on March 29, 2019.

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