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AnD – Algorythmic Love review

Having emerged from behind the hand-stamped shroud of their Horizontal Ground imprint, AnD (also known as Manchester’s Andro and Dimit) have been issuing forth an unstoppable amount of heavyweight techno tackle this year, putting paid to their anonymous roots with forward thinking club damage of the highest order.

As some of their past output has suggested, the pair have a fondness for broken rhythms as much as dry 4/4 pounding, and on their latest offering for the ever reliable Project Squared imprint they expand on those hints. Lead track “Algorythmic Love” skips to life with the kind of swing that Shed favours, breaking their bass stabs across a bare bones beat. Without warning half way through, the door gets kicked open and some succulent chords chime through, adding another dimension to what was already an enjoyable tool.

“Brother From Another Mother” lets said chords take the lead from the off, as the percussion darts and parries around them for fear of intruding on their decaying notes. Less impacting than the first track, it’s still a masterful exercise in dubwise electronics. The Spartan approach on “Brother From Another Mother” is the complete antithesis of the rich detail of “Swing Me”, which uses all manner of clipped hits to create a hybrid funk blueprint the rest of the track can jettison from. The delay feedback gets turned up as the track wears on, drawing your ears and mind further into the melee. Tom Diccio serves up a functional house reworking that returns to the dubby space of the original but anchors it to a mellow groove. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, if not quite as daring as the original cuts.

Oli Warwick