Boomkat Product Review:
Cameron Shafii’s Ge-stell grips a rare, rhythm-driven excursion by Ivan Pavlov a.k.a. CoH for the fifth release on this smart label, preceded by uncompromising numbers from Dalglish, Sote, Tom Knapp.
In stark relief of CoH’s recent Music Vol. for Editions Mego, Return to Mechanics documents the Russian composer at his most playful yet cochlea crushing in four knotty, jagged-edged grooves peppered with some of his finest melodic flourishes.
It’s a side of CoH that was present in To Beat, but has rarely been this upfront about it since the Patherns EP in 2006. On the A-side he coughs up the sputtering, elasticated funk of Escape and Return, embedding baroque hooks amid its refractive folds, whilst Evangelion Rock sounds almost like some honky techno blues played by rusty robots watching over their human slaves in the field.
Engines of Memories twists the mind and belly in more crooked fashion on the flip, sounding like some lost Æ + AFX collusion from ’98 (honestly, it’s like some RDJ + LP5 mutant), and then he goes and slices right into Giorgio Moroder on I Feel Summer, making for one of this summer’s most unexpected hit covers - prime for the most twisted dancefloor.