Boomkat Product Review:
The release of this limited edition, 12" only EP is the first Minotaur Shock missive to be fired from new home 4AD and acts as a tantalising precursor to his forthcoming album. Just as Kieran Hebdon has firmed his sound up considerably for the new Four Tet album, so Minotaur Shock (aka David Edwards) has ditched the last vestiges of whimsy in favour of a more hard-boiled sound. Opening with the only album track of the EP, 'Vigo's Bay' may still be pastoral in its outlook but Edwards has adopted a more Empedocles outlook, ushering us in with a staccato harpsichord and set of privet breaks. Marbled throughout by some ice-cold machine beats, 'Vigo's Bay' ignores it's namesake, instead delivering a densely structured and wildly effulgent masterclass in lulling electronica. Of the three exclusive tracks, 'This Side of Vigo Bay' probably shines brightest whch, through its diet-electro backing and Dominic Jones vocals, could act as a companion piece to The Moonflowers 'Where Are You?' whilst 'Original Savannah' is clunky, wooden-veneered prestige electonica.