The mysterious German duo conjure up some distinctive sounds here
A three-track release from the north German pair Kotelett & Zadak, which like all Poker Flat releases has its own distinctive sound to set it apart from the tech-house horde.
The title track Clovis is first up, and it's a lesson in building tension, which it does effortlessly with the use of a throbbing acid noise, a repeating synth stab and bells which sound great. The track is quite long at 9:40, and nearly half of that is a build-up for when the bassline eventually kicks in. When it does, it's a simple one but works a treat. Later on in the track there are some really crazy sound FX - I haven't got a clue how they made them, but they sure are effective and give Clovis a real edge. Next up is Syntax, another one that's full of mystery and suspense, with a galloping bassline, synth stabs, claps and a tight hi-hat pattern that all build to a breakdown with vocodered female vocals, and then on it shuffles. Finally you have I LFO You, which has rolling drums and bleeps in the intro along with sound effects and cymbal flares, then of course LFO sounds a-plenty as the main hook, along with a church organ-sounding riff.
Rest assured, none of these three tracks represent the typical, bog-standard tech-house fodder that's being released by the truckload right now. They're individual sounding and thought-provoking, and while my personal favourite is Clovis, all three are well worth a listen if you like that intriguing Poker Flat sound.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 7 September
Review Score: 8