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L-R: The L-R EP (null+void)

Release Review

L-R: The L-R EP (null+void)

Following up from Shinra's Ball and Chain EP, London-based label null+void recordings present L-R, a trio operating in the realms of electro, techno, and modular synthesis - Keith Tenniswood (Radioactive Man), Simon Lynch (London Modular Alliance) and Johnny Oakley (Monoak / Freerotation). The result of a series of studio jams at the Curvepusher Studio in Hackney Wick, The L-R EP presents four expertly chosen cuts of explorative electro.

Widely known for his work with Andrew Weatherall as Two Lone Swordsmen, Keith Tenniswood has formed deep roots in London’s musical history. In his work as Radioactive Man, the soundstreams of London converge in his signature productions, composing a fundamental part of his sound. In a late-night conversation with Keith, after a full-tilt back-to-back session with his good pal Simon Brown (The Dexorcist) at a Loose Lips Fundraiser back in March in aid of the Refugee Community Kitchen, we spoke about the early beginnings of electro and breakdance culture in the UK, party info distribution, the evolution of UK dance music, and his first parties on the south-west London outskirts. In this format, alongside Simon Lynch of the London Modular Alliance and Irish-born hardware techno producer Johnny Oakley (Monoak), this release nicely accompanies Radioactive Man's latest release, the Luxury Sky Garden LP.

The first track opens with a wobbling, alien shuffle. ‘Tiger Stripes’ brings to mind a passing highway of binary, laser-guided traffic. A steady snare regulates the modular pulses, while heavily-processed vocals lurk deep in the mix.  At the next junction - A2 - ‘Fruitcake’ begins with a series of erratic pops of space junk that eventually merge into a crunching electro stomp. The principal stab is the driving force behind this track: a reverb-coated snare in a windbag, wave-hopping on the wrong side of the expressway, powder-coated in reverb. While the groove remains constant, the synthetic mess surrounding it continues to orbit this nucleus.

On the B-side, ‘Land’ begins with a dusted and squared-up kick that sits out of focus, with airy clicks and hats keeping a steady pace. Melodic synths give colour to a much more introspective, contemplative number. The washes of warm, analog current pushed to the forefront make this track a great tool in the mix. Winding up the release, ‘Aesop’ crafts a refrained bounce, its undulating strings merging well with a beat on the back-foot. The pace eases up on the final track, and is a fine example of synchronicity.



Released July 21, 2017