Boomkat Product Review:
Pest are one of those bands who epitomise Ninja Tune; a multi-talented bunch of varied stock musicians, who come together and produce a cultural crucible of music which happily defies any succinct pigeon-holes. A five piece collective of classically trained cello player, hippedy-hop DJ/MC, trombonist, techno head and Gibson-affiliated guitarist, Pest chuck everything into the mix and more often than not come out with a Heston Blumenthal rather than a curry Pot Noodle. Opening with the cut-up guitar and Fingathing bass of 'Delucid' (a song which teeters on the brink of The Grid's 'Swamp Thing'..eek), Pest set about firing off regiments of horns and wah-wah pedals until they end up sounding not unlike their Herbaliser label mates. Yet just as you're beginning to think 'so far so plastic-funk', Pest go and burn the schematic on the stretched hip-hop and swirling rock/funk of 'Click Bitches' and deliver a down-tempo gem in the shape of 'Downward Steps'. Elsewhere, 'Try Again' is a breakcore flecked thunder of acid-electro, 'Pat Pong' is a breezy amalgam of breaks and cussing, whilst album closer 'Learning Curve' is a tear-in-your-eye Brit Hop ode that details a snowman's suicide via the hand of anti-freeze.