A modest landmark of early '90s UK techno.
Repeats sums up what the group achieved before they moved onto other ventures. There is extraordinary musical variety on the album, though the tendency is towards longer tracks that constantly evolve. For a project called Repeat, there's a distinct lack of loopy techno. On "Tuesdays Hot Hit," for example, there is elaborate Latin percussion, violin stabs and acoustic guitar lines. On that track and the sprightly skip of "G-Thing" you can hear Handley and Turner's knack for the glossy melodies they went on to develop in Plaid. Moody atmospherics, ominous pads and spacious reverb offset the sunnier qualities in the music, leaving a satisfying emotional ambiguity.
On "Hurrican Felix," you'll encounter agitated arpeggios and hailstorm drums with distant pad swoops—it's fast, frantic and starkly original. Here, you get a sense of four artists feeding a tangle of elements into a complex whole. Other notable tracks include the laidback funk breaks of "Drifting Sounds Of Wikiki," the jungle gestures of "Deathbed Visions" and "Fish Stew"'s hard, computerised swing. The album's highlight, "Lilt-A," spirals out from a knot of percussion samples into epic, soaring melodies that embody techno's expressive and emotional potential. The wide range of ideas on Repeats should sound like a mess on an LP, but its consistent quality makes it a modest landmark of a golden era in UK techno.