Review: Out of nowhere Robert Crash's Dog In The Night label has swiftly took up it's position at the forefront of frazzled club cuts, calling on some lesser known or indeed unknown artists thus far for a series of 12"s that have caught the ear of selectors such as Ben UFO and Will Bankhead. There is little clue as to the identity of RB, but their triplet of productions here fit right in on Dog In The Night and the humour the label has shown throughout their prior output. the brutal acid slabs making up "Luv 4 All" is anything other than what the track title suggests, while "Song 4 Whale" is nothing like the kind of new age whale song you might expect, combining bloated vocal echoes with lo-fi beats. Both these barely prepare you for the turbulent onslaught of razor sharp drums and atonal bleeps that is release highlight "Egyptian Cat" however.
Review: The curiously named Dog In The Night Records makes quite a splash with this impressive first EP, with IFM member Fran Mela stepping out under the new Robert Crash alias. The five tracks that make up this record come from the straight to tape school of analogue production, revelling in their lopsided rhythms and muddy textures. The A-side offers an alternative journey through famous London nightspots; "Candem Town" combines inebriated synth lines with a strung out vocal to an effect similar to that seen on Ron Morelli's recent Hospital excursions, while "Brike Lane" offers a sinister combination of deep chords and lurching bass among its scratchy percussion. The high pitched, rubbery techno of "Vertigo" and "Toys Slip" recall the wiry productions of Greg Beato while "Let Disco" staggers around like a drunken Funkineven jam. An impressive debut from a producer to watch.