Love Spectre EP
Having issued Photonz tracks since 2006 on labels such as Dissident and One Eyed Jacks, Portugal duo Marco Rodrigues and Miguel Evaristo now step up with a diverse four-tracker for Semtek's choice Don't Be Afraid label. It's forward-thinking music for sure and a natural complement to Semtek's own innovative style.
“Spectre” is the EP's instant head-turner, largely due to a metronomic xylophone hook that lodges itself firmly within memory after a single run-through (that the theme incessantly repeats might have something to do with it, too). The track's got a whole lot more going for it than a potent hook, however, with a mightily swinging house groove and rolling bass line two other things to admire. Aptly titled and powered by a clap-happy stomp, “Wall” builds brick by squelchy brick into a dazed colossus of fidgety acid techno, while the fiery “Dokos” blazes down darkened alleyways in updating old-school house moves associated with Chicago and Detroit (and even lets that pesky xylophone sneak in once more during a blink-and-you'll-miss-it breakdown). As mighty as its title implies, “Prometheus” rolls out a whiplash techno pulse that's as wired-up and rabid as a mixing desk in the throes of a seizure. All four tracks capture different sides of the Photonz trippy sound, and consequently emphasize the range of the outfit's command.