Boomkat Product Review:
And so Minotaur Shock return with their 'difficult' second album and piece together a collection of tracks that will inevitably lead them to acclaim and adoration from a scene thirsty for new stars. "Rinse" is a vibrant album, fluent with the electronic-meets-folktronic vocabulary that has become so popular, at times adapting itself beyond the sound perfected by Four-Tet and reaching across to more electronically focused material. Start with the immense "Let Me Out" for the perfect encapsulation of these facets - the strings deep and forgotten, the beats taking their time to show up but eventually turning proceedings into a lost Plaid-ish classic, gorgeous. "Stack On Rat", meanwhile, sits at the opposite end and deploys the more organic, acoustic, (bigger) beat driven soundpieces that we all know so well, doing so with superior skill. Those of you concerned that the sound might be derivative should note that most of these tracks were written a good 5 or so years ago (Collecting tracks from the Bagatelle, Motoring Britain and Rockpoolin' EP's, plus 3 exclusive new tracks) - at the start of a scene that has only just now become accepted by wider circles. Anyway, fashion aside, "Rinse" is a fabulously joyful listen, respect is due. Recommended.