But genre placement aside, it’s a cracker of a 12”. The A-side begins elusively with a long, carefully hiccupping preface that follows the 4/4 minimal template, but be patient and you’ll find a lot here to love: the way October toys nonchalantly with the bass and warm-hearted dub drifts is fantastic, and when the stitled not-quite-techno opening patterns lock together, dropping in and fading out for a full ten minutes, it all makes a beautiful kind of sense.
‘Homo Sapiens’ is more direct, opening with some classic dub chords to die for. Again there is something about the overhead percussion that is not quite straight techno, though the kick drum is definitely aiming for the heart of a big Saturday night. Pitched up it’s a monster. Texturally, there’s also a lot of fat sounds that give the track depth and siphoning currents which lend a welcome change in pace.
This is an exciting record that sits nowhere in particular, which is always a good thing. Caravan is one to watch.