Boomkat Product Review:
Simon Pyke always seems to have so much fun penning new material for those labels that have stood by his Freeform project over the years - Warp, Musik Aus Strom, Quatermass and - most of all - Skam. "Wildcat" delivers 6 brand new tracks and clocks in at just under half an hour - an excursion that holds onto his usual insistence on diversification with every move. "Gone and Left The City" opens the EP with reference to the fact that the "Freefarm" studio where he records all his tracks has been moved out of london and into the deep countryside of the south coast of England. The track sounds like a cross between (that other Skam anomaly) Wevie Stonder and Robbie Robertson's chartbound "Somewhere Down This Crazy River" - hoarse narrative included, we kid you not. "Nothing To Say" kicks things off in earnest with a classic slice of Freeform construction - an almost click-house feel through a myriad wildlife samples, tribal vibes and killer stabs, suffice to say that this really sounds unlike anything else out there and works an absolute treat. Hard to sum up "Wildcat" - although if you ever happen to stumble across a lost african tribe deep in some rainforest or other and discover them to have been reared on IDM and sampling techniques alongside their collections of unusual animal skin drums and ivory horns - you might expect they'd make a sound not too dissimilar to what's on offer here. Charming and uncompromisingly original from start to finish.