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Reboot – Rambon EP review

Luciano’s Cadenza Records continues to flourish in this, its sixth year. Last month saw them launch the new digital offshoot, Cadenza Lab and now Cadenza proper reaches a significant milestone of its own, their 50th release. For this landmark release we see the burgeoning imprint return to Reboot’s Shunyata album from earlier this month to deliver this unmissable two tracker. Featuring album track “Rambon” and a Luciano remix of “Urana,” this is a real treat that cuts to the core of Cadenza’s heart.

“Rambon,” which also appeared in the later stages of Reboot’s Essential Mix at the end of last year, harks to all the spontaneity and dynamics of Reboot’s much celebrated live sets. Seemingly crafted with the art of DJing in mind, the track builds in the German’s trademark orgasmically visceral way. Based around what Reboot has termed himself, ‘a complex polyrhythmic rhythm’, the groove evolves in a masterful way, each percussive line snapping in to place perfectly. However, underneath this naturally grooving rhythm lies an undertow of strangeness garnered by a collection of everyday sounds such as the clatter of dishes, faint radio signals and pitched down murmurings. After some tightly looped vocals and subtle percussive build-ups, Reboot manages to craft a unique sense of melody, not in a traditional sense but instead wrapped in a strong hypnotism.

On the flip, Luciano reworks album opener, “Urana.” Stretching it to over ten minutes, the remix feels more like an edit with the label boss changing very little. What he does do though, is get straight into the groove rather than guiding the track gradually out of the fog as the original does. With its cautious pitter patter drums, rippling percussion, bright arpeggios and smoky feel, this is Luciano expanding on Reboot’s vibe as only he can.

Review: Tom Jones