December 1, 2006

Copacabannark - Les Sables de… EP

Copacabannark (Cabanne and Ark) are both adherents to that wonderfully strange, hectic, sample-overloaded incarnation of microhouse made famous by Circus Company, Karat, Katapult, and the like. It’s a hypermosaic of house, electronica, and hip-hop, and it’s the antidote to every type of boring, uniform or cheesy form of house music you can imagine. “Les Sables de…” follows on from the sound signature forged through their respective releases on the abovementioned labels and consolidates on the quirky, bouncy tracks they released together on 2004’s “To Beach or Not to Beach” on Perlon. All four of the workouts are good, solid cut-up numbers that use layers of kicks to ground the manic microsampling above, but it’s both of the B-sides that take the cake—especially “Ouane Forzeshow,” which has a nice string sample running through proceedings and a touch of the deep. It’s hardly a break with their previous efforts, and if you don’t dig the sound you’re unlikely to be converted, but for those already enamored of this bounciest of tomfooleries, here’s another four fine slabs of creaturefunk.

Minibar / mb006
[Peter Chambers]

October 6, 2005

Ultrakurt - En Short EP

Philly’s Foundsound label is quickly making a name for itself in the world of cut-up electronics. For their fourth release, the French duo Ultrakurt has taken time out from their new label minibar to bestow some science on us with En Short. Composed of three tracks, the EP is sort of a how-to primer for those of us who find Akufen a tad too messy. The main rhythmic basis for “Carnadada” is a breathy, unintelligible male voice that oftentimes seems to want to go further with his dialogue, while “Yves Baustin” uses that same basis for a more bass-driven enterprise that trades subtlety for a hip-shaking good time. Fusiphorm turns up for a remix of the latter, adding a dash of melody to the whole thing, flipping the coin on a group far more concerned with the body than the mind.

Foundsound / found04
[Todd Burns]