Boomkat Product Review:
The latest release to be beamed from The Notwist's Alien Transistor label, Saroos are Florian Zimmer and Christoph Brandner; a duo who melt leftfield hip-hop, post-rock and electronica into a tasty treat that is undoubtedly satisfying on first bite, but (more importantly) stands the test of time. Named after an imaginary and remote place where they see the album as having originated, Saroos takes its percussive responsibilities very seriously - with the album offering up some gloriously mealy breaks+electronics to keep the head nodding and grey-stuff engaged. Opening on 'Dead Days', Saroos serve up a song of contrasting elements; wherein the first half is a nervous flutter of clipped snares and fragile production, the latter end thaws to reveal a sun-set horizon of breathtaking beauty, with thrumming breaks and gorgeous atmospherics. Moving on from this blissful introductory piece, the next track 'This Ain't No Place' contrasts with micro-scratches and snatched vocals locking horns with a set of rolling breaks and post-rock instrumentation that has sonic peaks that bring to mind Jan Jelinek sparring with Slint. Elsewhere, 'During The Course' gets Saam Schlamminger (Chronomad) to provide an Anticon set of rhymes over the clicking hip-hop backdrop, 'Troubled Sleep' is dusty digital instrumentation in the mould of The Gentleman Losers, whilst 'All We See' is the kind of grandstanding electronic hip-hop that gives the leftfield a good name. Closing on the creased rhythms and creaking percussion of 'Noone', Saroos have issued a debut album that is indie, hip-hop, post-rock electronica - but without any of the contradictions that might suggest.