The latest release from Stuart Price under his new Tracques pseudonym features an octuplet of well-put-together techno offerings with splatters of electro mayhem. So does the Readingite with more producer credits than Steven Spielberg hit the mark?
Opener, ‘Click Track’ is a stomping feast of percussive delight, with skilfully blended reverbs and delays that keeps you wanting more. And Lu Cont delivers more with yet another expertly sculpted work ‘Lunartick’, combining deep bass and controlled reverb tails with an evolving distortion that you can almost reach out and touch.
Next up, and probably the weakest track on the album, ‘The Fly’ has a 90s techno vein running through it, but unfortunately doesn’t have the charm or interest that’s needed to get a replay. ‘Motor’ however gets you right back in the think of it, with a kick/snare/distortion combo that Alex Ridha would be proud of. ’In The Morning’ is a chirpier beast altogether, with more ingredients from the 90s, but this time with enough charm and energy to inevitably work its way into many a club mix.
Slightly offbeat and industrial in its demeanour, ‘Cinq’, although percussively interesting, is another of the slightly weaker additions to the album, with tedious samples and arrangement, there’s not much here to grab hold of. Luckily you don’t have to wait long until you’re hit with ‘Traintracks’, a far meatier number, combining glitchy vocals and a driving rhythm to great effect. Capping off the album ‘Aftershock’ maintains the overall driving bass theme but by the time you’re halfway though slows to a more ‘House’ like feel. With rich synths and a rhythmic crescendo that finishes the album off nicely.
It was recently announced that Price will be producing the new Pet Shop Boys album and I can’t help but feel that his skills as a producer are better spent with great acts that can benefit from his burgeoning experience. It’s without doubt that Lu Cont has delivered some high quality tracks here, some of which will work well in the club. But with what feels like a limited sound pallet there’s just something lacking.
HBF Rating 3.5/5
Written by James Trigo.
Out April 29.