After a hugely successful release from Throwing Snow in the latter half of 2011, now officially Bristol-based label Sneaker Social Club is back with a bang in the early part of 2012. The auspicious young label’s next release comes from fast rising beatsmith, Aus Music producer and sometime Appleblim collaborator, Al Tourettes.
The man’s last release – a killer EP on Baselogic - was rightfully left without a genre tag on Resident Advisor when they glowingly reviewed it and, furthermore, was an EP which, for it’s complex rhythms and IDM aesthetics, hinted that the man behind it is a Warp artist in the making (as allegedly identified by the SS boss early last year!). This new two tracker confirms that once again, sitting somewhere between the glistening lines of Rustie, dense arrangements of Flying Lotus and kinetic energy of Harmonic 313.
A-side “Habit 7” is an amalgam of pinging cowbells, grunting basslines, snatched claps and plenty of off kilter elements all of which come together in another description defying arrangement. Sometimes there is nothing but acid twitches filling the spaces; at other times huge rubbery kicks, but either way, it’s arresting stuff.
B-side “Inventing” does just that – toying with a glut of styles and surging through digital sci-fi worlds, it lurches and bangs, squirms and squeals in a ton of different directions yet never leaves you behind: there’s always some devilishly designed little sound to hook onto and dance along with. The thing ends with a spoken word description of the track’s methodology and the importance of maths on production… like the EP overall, it’s beguiling and refreshing.
Once again, this boutique label has focussed heavily on the artwork for the release and, as such, vinyl copies come with a limited edition poster design, this time created exclusively by Sophia Cox – none other than Al’s girlfriend!
Cat No: SNKR02
Artist: Al Tourettes
Title: Habit Inventing EP
Label: Sneaker Social Club
Format: 12” Maxi Vinyl & Digital
Release Date: Feb 2012