An uncomplicated and clearly defined aesthetic can go a long way. A picture may not paint a thousand words, but between the hand-stamped palm tree branding and clear-green vinyl, the presentation on the inaugural Micronesia 12″ speaks volumes. Combine that with a motto that reads “Dazzling reefs, swaying palm trees”, and the evocative imagery tells us all you need to know about the label’s ethos.
Ever imagined what it would be like to take a lazy cruise around the idyllic Galápagos islands while under the influence of some strong tranquillisers? Well, Purpura‘s ‘Touch’ paints a pretty vivid picture. While percussive elements skitter and stumble, struggling to find sure footing amongst the gleaming pads and splashy texturing, the aforementioned imagery feels all the more appropriate.
With a solo outing for Shall Not Fade somewhere on the horizon, we get to sample what LK aka Lee Konitz is all about by way of his A2 contribution. Enveloping your subconscious like a warm hug, gentle chord progressions sketch a wistful, jazzy melody on ‘Black Coffee’. Swathed in tape hiss with soft percussive tones and the odd lick of serpentine synth that dissipates like a whisp of smoke, it wouldn’t be out of place on a Terekke record.
In keeping with the lethargic mood, Blaktronix aka Lady Blacktronika has served up some of the slowpoke-style house she’s known for on the B-side. With little in the way of melody, the “First Lady Of Beatdown” reminds us what true deepness is with an unembellished arrangement, while Salt Mines boss Rudolf C maintains the overarching mood on the closing number. ‘First Boats’ seems to borrow from the same rich palette as its predecessors but while it bumps along with a little more oomph, any rough edges have been well rounded out. Luxuriant and alluring, the noodling synth lines and chopped-up vocals transform the languid groover into a sweltering affair that begs for a reload after every listen.
Eot is out now in vinyl format with copies available over at Juno.