Review: Le Loup makes a debut appearance on the mighty CABARET with some slickly executed rave-indebted workouts. Tightly clipped breakbeat roll, moody stabs and a wriggling acid line all make for party manna on "Real Talk" - certain to be a hit in all kinds of situations. "Digital Whisper" is more Detroit than UK, reveling in a shower of sumptuous synth lines tailored to maximum machine soul expression but with plenty of funk in the programming. "Acropoloup" brings the acid back and ramps up the boompty house vibes for another smart banger to work across the spectrum from minimal house nights to twisted acid sessions.
Review: It's been two years since Evan Baggs and Katsuya Sano opened up their Ek Box. Fittingly, their latest show-and-tell arrives on CABARET, a label that has supported the duo's activities since they first emerged. There's much to admire, not least the unfussy old school techno bounce of "Mitsuboshi", where darting, jammed-out synthesizer lines and sustained organ chords dance enthusiastically above a simple but powerful drum machine rhythm. The acid-fired techno-funk of "Maukacho" is wilder and more energetic, while "Takikomi" sees the duo tiptoe the fine line between ballsy breakbeat techno and sweeping, cinematic bliss. As for closer "Shoganai", it's punchy, bass-heavy and pleasingly intergalactic.