While in name The Please might sound like some rank landfill-indie band, the duo's first official EP (also the first release for anonymous new Dutch label, Purple Maze) is anything but. Instead, 's-Gravendijkwal is a diverse four track sonic sketch pad which veers without warning from glistening, syncopated hip-hop, to grimy, knackered house with scant regard for... well, anything: tempos change, tracks start as if halfway through and end just as abruptly, giving the whole release a roughshod, stream of (un)conscious feel that keeps you coming back for more.
"Abodigital Dishwasher" drags itself along on flattened kicks at a predatory 105 BPM crawl as soft pads and churning, scraping percussion tumble in the mid ground, with all the while a groaning male "ooooooh" adding an almost churchy atmosphere to the otherwise depraved soundscape. "Laserguided Weapon" is much crisper, with glass tinkles, trilling keys and stumbling hits all riding the crest of a much choppier wave before "No More Please" sinks you deep back down in murkier waters. Clicking and ticking claps pull things forward, while muted keys act like beams of light shooting through the sewage-y arrangement. Closer "Sealed with a Kiss"? takes you straight to the beach, with shimmering strings and keys and snatched Motown samples that hang in the air above. A lovably eccentric first release.
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Tracklist: The Please - 's-Gravendijkwal EP A1 Abodigital Dishwasher
A2 Laserguided Weapon
B1 Sampler Crack
B2 Sealed With A Kiss