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pendle coven - Habitual Stress EP
Pendle coven seem to confuse people. Never quite managing to settle down into one signature sound, they've jumped from producing purist '92 style hardcore through to abstract techno minimalism and the kind of euphoric 4/4 the kompakt crew would be proud of. With the benefit of hindsight it all starts to make a little more sense - and the stylistic signatures can be honed in on when looking at the sound of the Modern Love label as a whole - this is music designed for the floor with a BASS obsession motivating and guiding every progression, break and change. "Habitual Stress" on the a-side here is perhaps Pendle's most relentless club emission to date, everything about this track evokes the darkest, most demented club space you've ever occupied, a cavernous resonance and a squashed acid signature guiding you into the nether regions of the night with vigour and abandon. It sounds like vintage Chicago warehouse music minced through the contemporary sounds of Berlin, Detroit and the Hague - and it's just absolutely crushing. "Brick Tutor" on the flip is, by contrast, a more velveteen affair : padded kick-drums and washed-out strings align themselves around crisp snares and a 6am vibe, the sort of track that you'd find on labels like Mojuba, Styrax or Meanwhile, except with a filthier edge, once again exposing another side to pendle coven's forever changing face. Killer twelve - Buy!