12" Vinyl BE
Supported by Quentin Harris, Agoria
North East duo Forriner are back with their third and final instalment in the samurai trilogy on their eponymous 'Forriner Music' imprint. Following a couple of impressive showings with previous EP's 'Condor' and 'In the B' they return for their hattrick with ’17:17 Neon'. A four tracker of experimental club music for powerful dance floor experiences that offers two originals as well as a banger from Bird Of Paradise and a mouthful of mathematics from Legget and Suade for the remixes.
First up, 'The Jungle Is Deep' which immediately sets off at a rate of knots! Its sharp pace is tempered by the sound of the drums: dull kick, wooly clap, rattling hi-hats while its bassline bleeds in slowly as a dark repeating tone and subtle chord swell and a haunting, cautious vocal reminds you that 'The jungle is dark and deep'. The second half of the track balances its steamrolling kick with an intricate, hypnotic lead as a growling synth line shuffles and recombines over its rumpled techno groove. It's feeling is transportive, the kind of music that makes you close your eyes on the dance floor.
Fellow Northeast alumni take up the remix for 'The Jungle Is Deep'. Steve 'Four Hands' Legget and Suade Adapted hammer a hefty slice of future dub techno from the skeletal remains of the original! Its chunking, discordant drums and manic echo chamber combine with a lilting bassline making sure you know that this is tough music but that it also has a tender heart. Clipped vocals squelch and flutter throughout but these are more textural than melodic, adding extra depth to the track. This trip is all about striking, psychoactive grooves, pushing the swing settings to extremes. Equal parts sinister as it is are playful. Fitting the typical tradition of winsome, weird dance music.
Over on the flip is the title track ‘17:17 Neon' featuring vocalist Louis Adams and violinist Late Girl (Laura Stutter Garcia) Breathy melancholic vocals and pitched down, endorphin flooded electronica. This is techno in a state of dewey eyed delirium. The neon of the title is very much instructive here, with the vocal being the scattered, shining light that the track playfully hangs itself from.
Jo Howard aka Bird of Paradise takes the reins for the final remix delivering a charging peak-time club tool with relentless batteries of percussion setting the stage for a trippy soundscape. Other than their Northern roots, what these producers have in common is a distinctive approach to rhythm. The restlessness of the sharp stabs of static perfectly guiding the darkly pulsing mood.
SEAN JOHNSTON / HARD WAY BROS/ ALFOS
LOSSLESS/ MATTHIAS SCHOBER
DIRT CREW / FELIX EDER
DAMIAM LAZARUS / CROSSTOWN REBELS
DAVE HARVEY/ FUTURE BOOGIE
KRISTIAN RAEDLE / INNERVISIONS
FRANK WEIDERMAN /INNERVISIONS
GRAEHAME PARK/ THE REVENGE
FISH GO DEEP
ROSS ALLEN/ NTS
AL MACKENZINE/ FIELD OF DREAMS
LERI AHEL / MUTANT DISCO
DANNY OLIVER / HIGH SOCIETY
PAUL STEWART / POTATO HEAD
BRADLEY LUCKE/ CUT N SHUT DISCO
NEIL PARNEL/ TRONIK YOUTH
SAM DIVINE/ DEFECTED
VIKTOR / TENSNAKE
PAUL STEWART/ POTATO HEAD
ANDY SIMMS / SOFT ROCKS
NEIL DIABLO/ EL DISBLOS SOCIAL CLUB
IGOR BOLTING BITS
KISS FM / UKRAINE
AFTERLIFE/ STEVE MILLER
GREG FENTON/ DMC/ MAGAZINE SIXTY
HORSE MEAT DISCO / SEVERIN PANCETA
REV JP / JUSTIN PENNEY / GRAFITTI KINGS
WILL LYNCH / RESIDENT ADVISOR
DAVID PICKERING /ONE MILLION SUNSETS
FAZE ACTION / ROBIN LEE
STE HODGE / KAT RECORDS [info from Label]