Saturday, February 18, 2006

2006, Part Four

Drop the Lime - Shot Shot Hearts EP

I namedropped Drop the Lime in the little blurb I wrote on Terminal 11's Illegal Nervous Habits for my Top 10 of 2005, and I'm worried I gave the impression that what Luca Venezia is doing under that moniker is not worth listening to. That's not the case, at all. I talked of him to indicate how, in my opinion, Mike Castaneda (Terminal 11) seems to have a more visionary approach to lassoing in all of these disparate IDM and drill'n'bass pastiches that have been going on lately - in comparison to someone like Venezia, at least. However, that might have been a little unfair, because Venezia is a little more unapologetically drill'n'bass/experimental, and his IDM-ness doesn't really register prominently anywhere in his music. What he is doing is fucking awesome and captivating, though, and completely worth paying attention to. This 8 song EP, a follow-up to last year's excellent This Means Forever LP, is short but still consistent. The same super-high BPM underlie Venezia's distorted yelps. His vocals are almost punk-ish; very abrasive, really ballsy, and lyrically super irreverent. It's refreshing, too, to hear Venezia slowing down on a few tracks toward the end of the EP, showing that his strength doesn't just lie in "BPM oblivion", but also real sample mastery. Really awesome stuff. Again, if you like this, be sure to check out his LP from last year, also.

Download "Cold Hearts"

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