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Notes to Self 1

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Niccolo Brown Shift Work's approach to dance music involves distorting the bass, ramping it up to dangerously high levels then letting a plethora of vocal samples and rambunctious synths take care of everything else. DJs will doubtless focus on opener "Contact High", but for me, the standout is "Re-Gene" that dials down the aggression in favour of wanton disorientation. Some tunes undoubtedly have method in their madness but I strongly suspect this one doesn't. Put "Notes To Self 1" at the very top of your 'to buy' list. Favorite track: Re-Gene.
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‘Notes to Self 1’ sees one of Houndstooth’s most recent signings Shift Work follow up 2015's well received Document II EP, the music dancing from techno to acid to EBM fuelled beats at will throughout this latest release.

The EP leads with Contact High, whose vocal is reduced to commanding shards, aggressively fired through a bassline that sounds as if it was crafted by a parallel world's Giorgio Moroder, bred on punk rather than disco.

A God fearing woman buried deep within Re-Gene piously pleads in a deadpan tone, her voice trying in vain to push through an erratically arp-ing bassline of increasing intensity.

Rounding out the release is Signal. Set against a relentless industrial buzz and clang, a freeform monologue disorientates and threatens to draw the listener into narcosis.

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released July 22, 2016

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