Boomkat Product Review:
Adopting the UNKLE approach to lexicography, Skalpel release 'Konfusion' having enjoyed a remix royalty bonanza from their eponymous debut LP's honey-trap of source material (many of which are included on a special edition bonus disk). Taking a similar approach to DJ Vadim, Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo plunder the rich jazz-tinged heritage of their Polish homeland and combine it with a consummate love of all things breaks to land a sound which revels in an after-hours, smoke imbued vibe. Ranging from the Herbaliser-esque Funk+Hammond excursions of 'Flying Officer' through to the Shadow delineated breaks of 'Test Drive', Skalpel are laid-back to the MAX; not once breaking into anything more strenuous than a stroll. If such slow-motion music is likely to aggravate, 'Konfusion' is certainly not for you, but if you can see the benefits of taking a breather from the bustle of 21st Century life, you might just enjoy the company. Over on the remix side, Amalgamation of Soundz take clotted atmospherics, towering strings and a hypnotic drum break then combine them in a noir-gilded package ('Low') before Jeremy Joshua follows with 'Break In (J's Remix)' clattering you to attention with a drum crunching intro worthy of Aesop Rock before mellowing out a tad to deliver a Röyksopp flavoured shot of pepped up, break laden electronica. Confused? You will be, you will be.