Extended Play 2
'Extended Play 2' is a febrile drums 'n electronix workout from the cult London duo of percussionist Valentina Magaletti and multi-instrumentalist Tom Relleen. Properly maverick psych-kraut-dub patter that's essential listening for anyone plugged into the Can, Supersilent, Steve Reich continuum.
Following 2019's rare-as-you-like first volume, "Extended Play 2" was issued digitally the following year, not long before Tom Relleen tragically died after a struggle with stomach cancer. "These extremely special productions afford us the opportunity to come to know the full extent of Relleen’s talent," says label Hands in the Dark. They're not wrong: even having heard plenty of Tomaga releases before, "Extended Play 2" is a surprising reel to absorb, a free-flowing and fluid interplay between two voracious listeners and vivacious improvisors.
Relleen and Mageletti's passion is evident as they track through territory that's constantly psychedelic, and interchangeably flexible between jazz, ambient, krautrock and dub modes. Listen carefully to the precise percussive patterns on tracks like 'Ersangerkrieg' and 'Osiris' Theme' and there's even traces of 20th Century minimalism - most obviously Steve Reich's foundational "Music for 18 Musicians". But it's the way TOMAGA make these elements their own that's most involving - in the wrong hands the music would sound like a grab-bag of inspirations and influences, but Relleen and Magaletti convert their obsessions into coherent thoughts, landing on a sound that's as captivating as it is sonically tight.
As caliginous as a hotboxed Honda and as lysergic as 230μg to the dome, "Extended Play 2" is what might happen if Supersilent dubbed a Can tribute for Finders Keepers. In other words: fucking vital listening.
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