The new EP from Petwo Evans, a four track release called Bootstrap, came my way a couple of weeks ago and it's already worming its way into my subconscious. The opener Dr. Rhythm has a distinctly Warp Records edge to it- tough beats, bleeps and space. At times it feels like the track is being mixed live, a DJ flipping between two or three different records. Pretty addictive stuff- the amped up soundtrack to a computer game set in a disused quarry maybe.
Lock 10 came out in May, piano riffs and squelching noises. Drums/ percussion start to join at one and a half minutes, synths and then the thump of the kick drum. Moody, repetitive, invigorating club music. At volume this sounds immense.
Petwo Evans is a duo, Rich Thair of Red Snapper and DJ Jake Williams. They recorded the EP in a remote farm overlooking the Welsh landscape using found instruments- a tumble dryer, plastic tubs and bits of metal and a broken piano (is there such a thing as a broken piano? If it plays, it plays). They looped and processed and spliced it all in with the synths and the drum machines and turned it into a release that reflects a lifetime listening to dance music, the post- industrial landscape and in a theme that keeps coming round at Bagging Area, 'the Blade Runner- esque thrill of driving through Port Talbot at night'. Digital and vinyl available at Bandcamp.