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Chasing down the ragged bounty of L.I.E.S releases may be financially challenging, but its certainly one of the more rewarding experiences offered to musical outlaws of the machine age. That the imprint retains a rock solid identity amongst its dense musical mélange is largely down to a human element that remains at the core of all they put out. Be it a savage techno cut, functional beat track or some far out psychedelic jam, the fallible shadow of the human hand is ever present. Terekke has only one previous release to his name, 2011’s fine Damn EP, also released on L.I.E.S. That set encompassed fine meandering dubby house cuts, saturated in tape hiss and evoking the powerful blanket heat that envelops New York during the summer months. On this EP he takes the sound further, pushing out to space.

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“Bank 3” is a surprisingly urgent slow jam. Pulsing through layers of static with shrapnel sharp hats and a great walking bass line the lasting effect is a sense of humid drive. This is a proper Sunday basement track. “Piano” is yet more subterranean, a pure dubbed out evocation of house music that hinges around a mighty sub saturated kick drum and not a great deal else. Still, Terekke squeezes the music out of minuscule elements, vamping pads rising around the beat like green smoke from a glass of absinthe. Sexiest of all is “Amaze.” Soul vocals, a languid opiate air; Basic Channel as the house band in a 70’s Lower East Side dive bar. Indeed, giving a decidedly urban feel to dub textures is not an easy task, but that is exactly what this music sounds like. Cosmic, rootsy but deeply tied to the city: one for the collectors, and one to watch.

Jack  on June 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

“Basic Channel as the house band in a 70’s Lower East Side dive bar” – great description

o.utlier  on July 1, 2013 at 9:08 PM

amazing release!

Henderick AKA Thelonious Funk  on July 4, 2013 at 10:45 PM

Hey Harry,

Just a heads up. The last tune you are referring to is actually called “Amaze”:


The reason why Terekke gave the track that name was due to the fact that he sampled an old tune from Frankie Beverly & “Maze”. Just thought you would like to know…

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