EAST LA TEK – Innuendo EP
Label: SuperfreqScore: 8/10
East LA Tek is a new project launched by Superfreq boss Mr C and Detroit-born DJ-producer Noel Jackson of Hypertone renown. As with other recent darkly glistening outings on the label, the mission is a beautiful celebration of old school acid house sensibility and analogue technology.
The four tracks lead off with the lowdown, sinister rectal blowtorch of ‘Back Alley’, awash in croaking bass resonance, eerie string riffs and snarling acid over an undergrowth of pure malevolence, accentuated by demented cackles. ‘Addictive Box’ rides percolating, string slashed percussion bolstered with robo-pants twongs before ‘She’s An Eleven’ careers along on bareback techno. The track’s subtle deployment of old school 808 percussion is another example of how deep and sparking this pair’s telepathic spontaneous combustion delves as muted metallic riffs rise like malevolent pond gas. ‘Come Again’ winds down proceedings with some stark, metallic ghetto funk and synthesised early 80s locomotive breath lashed with acid.
Fierce, uncompromising and capable of major damage, it bodes well for further adventures from this magnificent pair of sonic degenerates.
Words: Kris Needs