Music Reviews

DJ Food

Quadraplex

Ninja Tune

If Kaleidoscope was the Food duo’s homage to kitsch and sampladelic funk, then this four-song EP must be the menacing, evil twin resisting suppression or throwaway treatment. The first two tracks emanate one long, icy drone where tones fluctuate underneath hypnotic, lo-fi drum chaos. Veering in a completely new and chilling direction, Strictly Kev and PC seem to have let the fun take a back seat to unconscious experimentation.

The experiment gets dangerous with timestretched beats and rattling digital gurgles by the time “Monocle” gets underway, releasing a destructive electronic force usually reserved for Aphex Twin or Richard Devine. But the shimmering, cold tonalities resurface to calm and soothe on “Shattered Glass,” but concludes Quadraplex a bit too abruptly. As if the beast had awakened for a minute to release a horrific wail, then returned to hibernation, this EP adds a most interesting, but brief chapter in DJ Food’s evolution. It’s not as solid as most Ninja Tune releases, but good enough to uphold the label’s rep of keeping listeners on their toes.

Ninja Tune Records, 1751 Richardson, Suite 4501, Montreal, Quebec H3K 1G6; http://www.ninjatune.net


Recently on Ink 19...

Dark Water

Dark Water

Screen Reviews

J-Horror classic Dark Water (2002) makes the skin crawl with an unease that lasts long after the film is over. Phil Bailey reviews the new Arrow Video release.

The Shootist

The Shootist

Screen Reviews

John Wayne’s final movie sees the cowboy actor go out on a high note, in The Shootist, one of his best performances.

HEALTH

HEALTH

Event Reviews

HEALTH continue their mission to make everyone love each other, bringing their RAT-BASED WARFARE TOUR to the Mile High City, where Steven Cruse gets to be a very lucky middle-aged industrial fanboy.