Russian duo Locked Club joins Boysnoize Records for the release of "IRAK," an EP of dark and utterly kinetic electro and techno with a punk edge. The legacy of Detroit and The Hague get roughed up on the streets of Moscow with overdriven percussion, booming bass and aggressive acid elements keeping one foot firmly planted in the past while the other kicks the future in the face. This is absolutely banging stuff for dangerous dancefloors, and it crackles with visceral energy.
The title track "Irak" is the most restrained, with slowed vocal loops and a delirious mijwiz sample that make the130bpm tempo of the straight 4/4 feel much faster. "Doschitai" puts frantic chops and distorted bass over a start-stop rhythm with some very hot claps. When the "Nautilus" sample creeps in, so do the chills - this is truly a massive tune. "Two Girls" brings back the 4/4/ but with maximum jack. Ominous voices continue the dark mood of the EP, but the syncopated cowbells and stuttering bassline make this the stand out track for your body. Locked Club end with "999999999," where a melancholy ambient introduction is quickly betrayed by metallic breakbeats, neurofunk sonics, and haunting Eastern vocal samples. It's a track you'd play towards the end of the night (morning?) to give everyone a moment of calm before plunging them back into hysteria. Locked Club's "IRAK" EP never hesitates and it does not care if you can keep up. But for those looking for the adrenaline of a fight on the dancefloor, the "IRAK EP" provides it - no violence necessary.
A1. Irak A2. Doschitai B1. Two Girls B2. 999999999
November 22, 2019