Pinch & Mumdance: Turbo Mitzi/Whiplash (Tectonic Recordings)
12″ / DL
24 February 2104
8 out of 10
As cold as a bouncer’s stare when you’ve just vomited on his shoes. Bert Random enjoys some new techno from Pinch.
There are so many electronic artists who have crawled from the catacombs of Bristol’s bass culture it’s hard to keep track of them all sometimes. Happily two heavyweight movers and bass bin shakers from the current generation of producers/label owners, Appleblim and Pinch, have each reappeared with fresh sounds for 2014. Appleblim’s new ep is reviewed here.
The latest from from Pinch, alongside recording partner Mumdance, is colder than a bouncers stare when you are pleading to get back in the club after puking on his shoes. Out on Pinch’s own Tectonics label, lead track Turbo Mitzi is stark and inhuman, with handclaps and voices that are stripped of colour and synth strings that spark memories of the darkest basement raves of the early 90s, lit by nothing but a continual strobe. The stinging toplines are like coded messages from long dead ancestors, pinging from speaker to speaker, locking you into their frozen, head nodding, embrace.
Whiplash is less arctic, but only just. The rhythm track has more of a bounce to it, but the melodies and pads up above are still pure transmissions from the darkside. The space is as important as the notes here, but it’s the silence of the abyss rather than a sunrise. It really does inhabit a deep down world all of its own, a mysterious place full of strange sounds. It has a irresistible rhythm that definitely makes it dance music, but it’s a freaked out, dancing-on-the-edge-of-time, kind of dance music that doesn’t give the slightest indication of having any cares about the mental state of its listeners. Uncompromising is a big word, but it really is the only one that fits.
All words by Ben Sansum, author of ‘Spannered’, a book about UK free-parties. You can find more of his Louder Than War writing here, the Spannered Books website is here, or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.