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  • Filed under: Review
  • 10/19/2012

Randomer HEK018 EP

He's come at it from a few different angles, but no matter where exactly Randomer ends up, it's hard to argue that he's ever been after anything other than powerful dancefloor music. With his latest outing, the North London resident returns to Hemlock on a familiar tip—with big drums and dirty synths in hand.

"We laugh, we scream, we fuck a lot, we dance a lot, we drink a lot," are not just the vocal chops that Randomer peppers throughout the EP's opening track, "We Laugh We Scream." The words are also indicators of what likely inspires the producer to make tracks like this: he wants you to party. When the blistering acid sequence and breaking drums take hold, listeners are not supposed to be overwhelmed by "feelgood" vibes or seduced by silky tones, they are supposed to lose their shit. Given the potency of the undulating rhythms and filter-tweaked leads displayed here, unintentionally losing one's ability to act moderately sane while this tune is playing (preferably through a big system) seems an entirely appropriate reaction.

Randomer's other offerings on the EP are just a notch less balls out. "Nar"—which is somehow said to be a "timely response to the proliferation of industry yes men"—takes a laser-like focus on building patterns from gigantic rhythmic elements. A few sinister phrases from a computer-generated string section occasionally mark a new point within the revolving pattern, but the rest of tune's energy is dedicated solely to intelligently placed percussive tones, held up by tuned and distorted 808s. The closing "Freak Dub" is about as close to "laid back" as Randomer is likely to ever get, filling the wide spaces left between the, again, tuned and distorted 808s with UK-style breaks, percussive stabs, and the occasional appearance of an atonal synthline (rendered to act more like a sequence of toms than any sort of melody). Although "Freak Dub" is without a doubt the least bombastic effort to heard on this EP, it may in the end prove its strongest, or at least further proves that with Randomer, aggressive—even slightly evil—dance music can come in a variety of worthwhile shapes and sizes.

Stream Randomer's entire EP here.

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