Andrew Wowk, Sydney - Australia - on 21/5/12
Wagon Repair Ltd.
Finally, some new Cobblestone Jazz material! Mathew Jonson’s side project returns to Wagon Repair Ltd. with two snappy cuts of futuristic booty-moving music made entirely from analogue sounds.
Who’s Future? takes elements of proper electro, disco, house and live improvisation and blends them all into an irresistible groove. 808 drums give the track just enough oomph without overpowering the mix, leaving the multiple 303 lines (I think I counted one bassline, two high-pass filtered background loops, and the occasional random acid squelch throughout the track), subtle vocal samples and classy Rhodes chords to really keep the groove rolling along nicely. Oh, and did I mention that it has a cowbell? Hell yeah.
Across The Nation would be just at home on Underground Resistance as it is on Wagon Repair Ltd. Futuristic electro-funk that clocks in at just under thirteen minutes, this one rewards the patient listener. The crisp, snappy breaks and rugged sub bass will get rear ends gyrating uncontrollably, but it’s the gated pads, robotic vocal and quirky synth stabs which change keys at exactly the right moment that really give the tune its character.
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