Since peeling back from his Lazer Sword partnership and transplanting to Berlin, Antaeus Roy's heretofore-hidden 4/4 passions have taken centre-stage in his work as Lando Kal. Debuting proper on Hotflush, UKG saccharin and vigour were poured into the label's atmospheric mould in "Further," with "Time Out" offering a more despondent than danceable pastiche of groove and bass. He has taken a particularly imaginative approach on remixes—his version of Ghostpoet's "Liiines," for example, is barely recognisable—and even though he wanders a well-trodden path, his nomadic dance cocktails have been both balanced and moreish.
Renowned for looking forward and back with its equally weighted series of reissues, even the new stuff from Rush Hour has had a retro feel—from Braille to Cosmin TRG. Maneuver follows suit. In the title track, Lando Kal breaks '90s pop-house hit "Show Me Love" over a syncopated drum pattern and twists it out of euphoria with threatening 'ardcore synths. "Run It" on the other hand sees him approach UK bass with a Lazer Sword cap on to produce a glitched-out Night Slugs instrumental charged with future garage emotion. While Maneuver isn't exactly breaking ground, and indeed joins the ever-growing pile of multi-referencing records, its familiarity is its charm.
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Tracklist: Lando Kal - Maneuver A Maneuver
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