Various Artists – Test Pilot Volume 2

After some delays, one of the most anticipated records of 2015 finally drops. It has been well worth the wait. The hype around Test Pilot Volume 2 is in large part due to the inclusion of Tandy Ogmo’s “Everybody”, a track that I-f played during a set on Boiler Room. Revolving around a repetitive vocal sample and an infectious disco loop, the underlying groove is flawed and imperfect, with the percussion breaking down and sounding out of time, almost jarring at one point.

Various Artists - Test Pilot Vol. 2
Artist
Various Artists
Title
Test Pilot Vol. 2
Label
Viewlexx
Format
12"
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Whether or not it’s the work of I-f himself is open to speculation – he did after all do an unreleased edit of ABBA before – but irrespective of who is behind it, it has the potential to be as big as “Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass”That said, “Everybody” only tells part of the story. Ferenc teams up with Danny Wolfers as Panama Brown to deliver “Theme From Panama Racing Club”. It sounds like a more evolved version of the stark, angular electro that prevailed on the first Test Pilot record from the ‘90s, with the pair bringing a depth and spaciousness that would not have been audible on earlier Viewlexx releases.

On the flip, Gesloten Cirkel continues in a similar direction as the Submit X album; “Asleep” revolves around a murky, rumbling rhythm that is cloaked in an acid mantle. In contrast to the defined lines and stark shapes of Panama Brown, it is blurred and undefined. Despite boasting a pair of classic Viewlexx/Murder Capital-style electro tracks and “Everybody”, Volume 2 lands one final sucker punch. Roberto Auser’s “The Force” is a dark and eerie disco groove, centred on an eerie synth line and underpinned by the kind of faux-doom sensibility that’s also audible on another of the label’s classics, The Conservatives’ Loneliness. It proves that sometimes, the hype is justified.

Richard Brophy

Tracklisting:

A1. Panama Brown – Theme From Panama Racing Club
A2. Tandy Ogmo – Everybody
B1. Roberto Auser – The Force
B2. Gesloten Cirkel – Asleep