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  • 04/25/2013

Geiom feat. Terrible Shock "2-4-6"

Nottingham-based producer Kamal Joory (a.k.a Geiom) has long been one of the most unfairly overlooked electronic artists operating out of the UK. For over a decade now, he's been producing tunes that generally manage to maintain a proper dancefloor edge whilst always cultivating an element of sonic peculiarity that has set him apart from prevailing trends in UK dance music. This latest release—for soon to be inactive Brighton label Well Rounded—is no exception. It sees him teaming up with vocalist Terrible Shock to create a full-on floor filler rooted in classic grime and funky, albeit one built around enough creative synth work and rhythmic weirdness to make it feel resolutely forward-thinking.

After the adventurous computerized textures of last year's impressive Black Screen LP, "2-4-6" feels like a bit of a return to more straightforward dancefloor territory for Joory. At its heart, the track is built around the familiar percussive drive of UK funky and a thick bassline that wouldn't sound out of place at any modern grime rave. Beneath this backbone, however, lay numerous layers of peculiarly mechanized instrumentation—namely, relentless synth lines that rise and fall from within a chaotic patchwork of rapid hats and metallic percussive noises. Terrible Shock's fractured vocals also work well, providing disjointed intermissions to the track's hectic rhythms whenever he throws in intermittent dancefloor commands or summons lines of carnival-ready whistles.

On the b-side, Finnish producer Desto offers up a remix that strips the track down to a minimal drum-machine rhythm. He swaps the grime synths of the original for a booming 808-style sub and leaves the percussive lines of whistles and cowbells to handle the melody. It's certainly a clever reworking, and one which provides a nice offset to the propulsive chaos of the original while leaving plenty of space and utilizing a hypnotic sort of repetition.

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