At the same time, its dancefloor liturgies and moments of Balearic reflection make Grotti a cryptic and salient permutation of Australian dance music values in 2016. 'Grotto' is thoroughbred Meganesian techno with a boisterous earworm bassline, recalibrating to mirage-perfect funk in the track's close.
Airborne and ruminative 'Laika' is late night Indian Ocean sea shore acid, guided over peaks and troughs with virtuosic restraint.The Gerani remix of 'Grotto' takes that track's subsurface rave inclinations and refracts them for the warehouse, frenetic but with oceanic shimmer; in contrast, DW's 'Digital Bassline fix' deploys Chain Reaction dub chords to explore 'Laika''s low end, shining the most in its final three minutes when it settles into a fathoms-deep scuba lounge groove.
a1 - Grotto
a2 - Laika
b1 - Grotto (Hugo G Remix)
b2 - Laika (DW's Digital Bassline fix)
Release Date: October 2016
The EP has both dance floor heft and mood-focused flexes. 'The Hunt' is a solarised, laser-sharpened and hi-hat driven garage/big room hybrid. 8-minute 'M is for Audio' is a workhorse techno slow burner with all the red-eyed melancholy of greats like 'Acid Eiffel' and 'Deep Burnt', acid burnt and stinging at the mid-range. Conversely, 'Rube' abounds with percussive warmth and ear-dancing patterns, as does 'Freshness and Convenience', a bastard union of dusty breaks and a hard funk bassline. The EP ends with ambient cyber walkabout 'Freetown', peripatetic, matte-toned and pulsing with vital signs.
a2. Freshness and Convenience
a3. The Hunt
b1. M is for Audio