Promising bleep-click collage scree...
Beard-stroking and out of the loop, Wauvenfold moved
to London from Nottingham cos, y’know, it’s cheaper and
there’s not as much to do. It’s proved a splendid isolation,
as this compilation of the duo’s three EPs to date proves.
Alloying elasticated basslines, eerie, filmic keys and
jarring digital glitchwork over these 15 tracks, Wauvenfold
are scarcely original and sometimes a bit too insular
for its own good – the sub-Autechre randomness of ‘Podunk’
just seems like timewasting – but there’s still much here
for lovers of Warp and Rephlex, or American sample-diggers
like Matmos. Referencing popular dancefloor touchstones
is the pair’s most sucessful tactic, but their debut LP
proper should be a cracker.