As a huge fan of My My’s earlier work I was a little disappointed in the title track. ‘Klatta’ and ‘Serpentine’ both felt utterly mold-breaking and different to any of the current wave of dance music. ‘Butterflies and Zebras’ on the other hand feels identifiably part of a genre. I’m not too sure what genre that is – something that takes in Wolfgang Voigt’s Gas project (in its dancier moments) and Oliver Lieb’s ‘Java’ from the early nineties? The track has a slow deep rolling bassline and wandering pads over a strong 4/4 rhythm but it doesn’t really go anywhere and leaves little trace of its passing when its done getting there. It’s a pleasant enough exercise in chill-out house but I’d prefer them to go back to the spastic rhythms they’re so good at on their upcoming album.
There is also John Dahlback doing his thing on a remix. If you enjoy the John Dahlback thing you’ll probably like this, but I suspect I’m not alone in thinking that he could do with releasing a little less and spending a little more time crafting quality tracks that actually sound different from one another. Fantastic biting snare sound though. People will dance to it.
The stand-out track here is ‘Moneybowl’. Tropical coos and twitters adorn an itchy funky base of stuttered snares and syncopated toms. Halfway in they throw in a glorious sixteen bars of sharp and pointed prime-time synths that force their way into your brain like a pair of knitting needles. Simple and effective.
Overall this is one of the more varied 12”s you’re likely to hear this year, both in terms of style and quality.