Emotional Response steps to summer ‘17 by welcoming with accompanying releases from Out 2 to the label. Evolved out of the Brooklyn based Lectric Sands studio / label and featuring members of their Zoovox and Mazing Vids, this ‘super-alumni’ is a perfect meeting for the label and US brotherhood.
Based around a longtime friendship, this slow-burner project is centered around the NYC life of onetime roommates, DJ sparrers and just possibly the latter day duo behind the Locks & DDM project that was released (semi-)anonymously in 2016, step out in to the (fluorescent) light.
With just one Out 2 track given to the world back in 2012 on Lectric Sounds 1, these recordings have morphed for a near decade to reach fruition in long-form EP and soon to come ‘Showcase’ vocals and dubs album.
While some is known of Mr Jeremy Campbell – forum/blog educator, DJ Tropical Jeremy monikererer, half-a-Zoovox and studio (dub)don - his cohort, the little known R. Zanzibar remains a man of mystery.
Zanzibar’s free-flowing lyrics, shredded guitar and bass grooves come together before plunging into Campbell's wall-of-dub mixing matrix. With fellow Lectric-head, Ben Gebhardt contributing sometimes-synths and general mixpertise, Out 2 offer a timely reminder of the best of their hometowns post-punk / new wave history, but with a laid back irreverence and killer, leg shaking, live-dubbed grooves that are very much for today.
In opener, Zanzibar lays it out. Contrary to song matter, this is impossible to not to be a Downtown-showdown-hoedown. Impro’ lyrical flow keeps your head listening before the off-kilter dub-funk groove keeps you feet…Moving.
Following in Fire, your mind is soon tripping to sonic content and vocal swirls, before it gets all Compass Point, with an discomix inspired, cod-desk-dub.
On the flip Rubber Hour lays a drum-work out that just sits and waits, pulling you further in the midi-groove, before Zanzibar’s floating voice leads to digi-synth bass interplay. Who is top and who is bottom don’t matter, let it ride.
Closer has you listening…closely, with sharp, chopped “No NY” guitar-like-synth, contorting with distorted echo-vox, down to the bottom...but you’re not at the bottom. In fact, this could just be the beginning. Listen Closely.
The ever-surprising and elusive Joe hits us with sounds that I never knew existed. Shout out to Daphni/Caribou/Dan Snaith for playing "Tail Lift" - an out there melodic adventure with whistles, bells, drums, and perfectly placed vocals. One of 2017's best tracks according to Resident Advisor, Mixmag. "MPH" has been reverberating in our consciousness since Joy O played it years ago. Joe is consistent and a master at unique musical bangers. Top level production and wacky in the best way possible. Edward