The first Lobster Theremin EP of 2015 comes from London-based newcomer and hazologist, Ozel AB. Striking a distinct tone with his lucid day-dreamer pads, blown-out MPC drums and Werkdiscs-inspired weirdness, this debut release is the missing piece in the final core artist tapestry of the label.
'Sidestep To Your Left' is a brooding number; channeling steady Detroit grooves, club shaking bass, weirdo vocal repetition and bubbling filter-work. It's a forum weirdo's reinterpretation of Moodymann's 'J.A.N.' found on a DAT under his mum's sofa. The A2 is filled by 'Digital Natives', a lush twittering brew of miniature synth sounds, distant percussive rattles and ankle-smashing low-end, finishing with a raunchy acid-reprise section.
All conventions are left to the side once 'Karim Bey' enters the fray. A buzzing lead-line that sounds like a flattened Goldeneye alarm sound turned-square-wave throbs over incessant shattered hats and squirming samples. A relentless, pitch-bent wonder.
Rounding out the EP is 'La Busqueda', a chattering crystallised house track cobbled together with techno hands.. Restless modular bleep skits skirt around a trashy loop, only punctured by the a slow considered bassline, lased with wooden textures and organic edges.
released March 10, 2015
Production and arrangement by Luke Palmer
Mastering by Helmut at D&M