Boomkat Product Review:
NYC’s Palmetto Arts wrest the best from Eric Copeland (Black Dice) and his buddy Rusty Santos in the psychedelic dancefloor prods of Brooklyn Banks - Copeland’s 10th and arguably most accessible album after a slew of haywire aces for DFA, Paw Tracks and L.I.E.S over the last decade.
We’re not sure what he’s been taking or which clubs he’s been hanging out in, but there’s a distinct sharpness to these cuts feels more driven, jutting and insistent than Copeland’s more unhinged workouts.
OK, his sound is definitely still tapped and puckish in the best way, but there’s a craftier, DJ-friendly definition to these grooves which work equally well in both the context of an album and as dance tools in a similar way to head-spinning LPs by Moon Pool & Dead Band or Black Zone Myth Chant.
The way he traverses styles with freeform agility is never not entertaining; whether channelling deep house into distorted wormholes with Mr. Mic, warping it with lysergic subtlety in Bear Country, or hacking into sloppy filter disco loops with Synching Cycles, he’s always got one eye on the floor and the other spinning in the back of his head.