Boomkat Product Review:
The Glasgow underground stands up with a wavy set of aces from Helena Celle, Kavari, Kamus & PInballspider, Evanthéa and more, identifying the great city’s strength in diversity.
Centred around Glasgow’s notoriously fecund DIY electronic music community, ‘PINS’ maps out a guided tour between six of its vital nodes, spanning free-jazzed electro thru to balmy beatdown, hobbled rhythmic psychedelia, industrial dub and synth-pop sleaze. The cumulative effect of the music sends us groggy, pushing us into the imaginary thick of a Glasgow night.
In sequence, you’ll find Kamus & Pinballspider spinning a web of scuffed rhythms and almost post-Detroit jazz-techno atmospheres beside the swinging acid dub balm of ‘UR Welcome (Karaoke Mix)’ by Pigeon Steve ft. The Waffle, and a standout piece of warbling, one-leg-shorter-than-other rhythmic psych from the always excellent Helena Celle (Otherworld). Optimo alum WomenSaid follow with a wickedly strung-out sorta goth-rock creeper ‘Drowning in OHM’, while Kavari channels Salem’s classic witchhouse on the crunchy dembow groove ‘Deaf to Sirens’, and Evanthéa wraps up with the set’s other big standout, a syrupy slow synth-pop sashay ‘Stromm Cande’.