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Boomkat Product Review:
Despite naming himself after a Japanese peninsular, Izu (aka Ronnie MacPherson) actually harks from the remote Hebridean island of South Uist (us neither...) and now resides amongst the Tollbooth Steeple, Baird Hall and Necropolis of Glasgow. Citing influences that include Dabrye, Black Dog, FSOL, Lusine and Shadetek, MacPherson certainly knows his electronic onions - a fact he flexes with some confidence on debut album 'Going Salamander'. Opening with the landslide of beats and fizzing synths that is 'Litterball', Izu is happy to wear his fan club badges with pride - taking a sizeable leaf out of AFX's book on the crunching digitalis of 'Me Speak', a smattering of Prefuse (by way of Art Of Noise) for 'I Gotcha', and the sudsy predilection of E.U. et al for the warm glow of 'Jumpers'. Rattling through styles with wild abandon, 'Going Salamander' never loses sight of it's ultimate goal - to revive some flagging electronic genres with the kind of deft footwork and grin-inducing enthusiasm that has long been side-lined by the po-faced digital cabal. With notable highlights including the Space Invader ruffness of 'North Star', the Global Goon-meets-LFO of 'Dwarf', and the borderline industrial-tech of 'Wrong Sun', Izu has made an album that makes up for it's lack of originality with a veritable shed-load of listenability. Go!