Boomkat Product Review:
Second Woman chase the mutable dynamics of their killer EPs with Spectrum Spools into four grid warping new works for Tresor. If the idea of Basic Channel meets Gábor Lázár in deep space floats your boat, this 12” is an essential purchase!
Comprising Turk Dietrich (Belong) and Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv), Second Woman have forged headlong new tangents for techno over the past 2 years with an acclaimed début album and 12” which pushed the techno envelope at captivating new angles comparable to work by Mark Fell, Gábor Lázár or Rian Treanor as much as Basic Channel, Vladislav Delay and Jlin.
On the pair’s 4th release, their first for Tresor, Second Woman work in flux between warped and relatively conventional styles. The pendulous electro-dub of Instant I kicks up a blinding fuss of over-pronating rhythm and glassy dub FX tending to their experimental side, which they also explore from more spacious perspective in the weightless, unmetered dub matrix of their closing shot, Apart II.
The other tracks are patently techno in design, but unafraid to f*k with the format. On Instant II they anchor in deep dub techno terrain best compared with Porter Ricks’ seminal early work, but with addition of sweeping, balletic hi-hat trills, while Apart II smudges dub techno contours with an intoxicating brownian motion.