Various Artists: Covert II – EP Review

covertiiVarious Artists: Covert II (De:tuned in cooperation with Touched)
12″/CD/DL
Available now

8/10

Electronica labels De:tuned and Touched combine forces for a blistering EP in aide of Macmillan Cancer Support. The artists involved remain a mystery, Simon Tucker tries to work out the clues.

Since Pembrokeshire electronica producer Martin Boulton created the Touched Music label to bring attention and much needed funds for the charity Macmillan Cancer Support he has generated thousands of pounds and curated some of the finest electonica compilations in recent memory.

Teaming up with the esteemed De:tuned, Covert II gives us five slices of high-grade beats and sonic flutterings. All of the artists who have donated their songs (everyone involved from the label, artists, mixing/mastering team have given their time for free) remain anonymous. This is a clever move as you don’t come to the EP with any preconceived ideas of what you are going to hear. One thing is certain though, if you are even remotely interested in the world of electronic music then you will not be disappointed. This is an exciting, all encompassing journey through the ages taking in nearly every cornerstone of synth based dance culture and creating a work that is new, enthralling, and invigorating.

Opener Sharp As Usual kicks things off nicely as we are hit straight between the eyes with a four-to-the-floor bass drum and a dose of acid squelch. It’s a joyous throwback to the day-glo days of the second summer of love without sounding like a poor imitation. It uses the past as a bed for the now and is a much needed injection of endorphins.

Filmed Lipear skittles, bubbles and pops with some ingenious off-kilter sounds that make their appearance halfway through adding a dose of black.

S O…L Ar…Skies and Song In Song are the moments where the EP really ignites as the former’s twisting, snarling snake like nature and the latters sleaze disco remind this writer of the work of Richard D James (could it be??????).

Closing with the moody tech-trip of 9a9a_Ran, Covert II sends us spinning back in on ourselves questioning what we have just experienced.

Whoever has donated these songs (I have some strong suspicions) they have presented a collection of some intriguing electronic music that unfurls more and more on repeated listens. Great music, greater cause, well done all involved.

NOW GO BUY A COPY…..

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Covert  II is available from Bandcamp

All words by Simon Tucker. For more of Simon’s writings for Louder Than War visit his author’s archive or follow him on Twitter @simontucker1979.

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