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DISORIENTING, UNSETTLING TECHNO FOR FREAKING OUT DANCE FLOORS.
"Swallowed By A Snake" from Vancouver's Phost, AKA ZDBT, doesn't start out all that strange. Sure, the main melodic lead—a simple blip—kind of lags behind everything else, but it's not that unusual. Groove along for a bit and then a house-inspired hat-snare pattern comes in, throwing everything off its axis. It's like listening to a techno track stuck leaning at a 45 degree angle. The melodies expand into sinuous, strange things, exotic and vaguely psychedelic—like a bad trip that you can still enjoy, appreciating it for all its weirdness and abrasiveness. All of this unspools over nine minutes, only getting stranger, the kind of tune you'd want to play out in almost full to really creep out a dance floor.
-Andrew Ryce (Resident Advisor)
A BLAZING DOSE OF HIGH-ENERGY DANCE MUSIC THAT'LL GET YOUR HEARTRATE GOING.
In its original form, the latest offering from Vancouver label Specials Worldwide has all the ingredients of classic Miami bass: pulsating snares, blistering sub-bass and an unapologetically dirty hook ("I'mma put it in your face") that stays in your head for days. Already a certified heater on its own, "Elastic" gets turbocharged, Energizer Bunny-style, by New York club wizard MoMA Ready. He fires up the tempo and lays on heavy-hitting kicks and snares that land somewhere between hardcore techno, ballroom and juke. It's raw, rowdy and riotous in the best way.
- Nyshka Chandran (Resident Advisor)
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