Another of the many UK names to appear on Martyn's label in 2011—joining Jon Convex, Julio Bashmore, Addison Groove—Mosca follows up his super slow and free Twitter EP with an arresting four tracker loosely couched in techno. That said, it's the least straight, most heavily swung and funkiest techno you're likely to hear all year. Sure, the kicks may land predictably in every bar, but what goes on around them owes a debt to everything from garage, UK funky, 2-step and hip-hop, with the results being terrifically dancey and hugely listenable.
Like the title suggests, the lines here are indeed wavey, exuding a thick neon warmth as they jiggle around. "Dom Perignon" has its snares, drums and synths all whip-snapping around like sheets of tin foil blowing in a stiff wind. Preventing it from being an overly chrome plated and robotic jam, though, are the vocal glitches and sad horns which dart about in the spaces left behind: the whole arrangement is wide-eyed and amped up, but never feels cluttered. "Orange Jack" sounds like it might have been at home on Martyn's recent full length with its woody hits, grainy snare rolls and fantastically pendulous, swinging bass notes, while "Jager" is a deep, sandy cut that travels at hyperspeed through the nether regions of swollen, sub heavy UK bass. Closer "Wray 'n Neph" is the digital-only bonus that raises its head higher than the other rather insular efforts, stomping out bold warehouse rhythms as thick, warped frequencies weight the whole thing nicely. A bold and powerful EP with real menace.
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Tracklist: Mosca - Wavey EP A Dom Perignon
B1 Orange Jack
Digital: Wray 'N Neph