Tim Reaper: Teletext EP (Lobster Theremin, 2021)

February 15, 2021 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Tim Reaper: Teletext EP

Last month, Tim Reaper simultaneously released a Special Request remix EP and a new 12″ on Lobster Theremin, and while they’re both excellent, the record of originals is the one I’m most excited about. Longtime resident DJ at Blog to the Oldskool, he’s displayed an encyclopedic knowledge of jungle, particularly the atmospheric darkside stuff from the mid-’90s, and he’s been astoundingly skilled at producing music mirroring that style. “Anytime” does the always fulfilling trick of building up a blissful, sun-soaked atmosphere and torpedoing it with vicious Amen breaks. “Who Run It” is more of a breakbeat rave track with stomping beats, a few shocks of hardcore fury, 2 Unlimited samples, and a few more calming passages. “Teletext” is the killer, with firebombing psychedelic breaks and eerie synths which my ears are easily tricked into thinking are angelic choral voices. “Give It 2 Me” is more early ’90s hardcore that teeters on the throes of ecstasy but also glimpses into a portal of darkness for a few moments (watch for that ghoulish laughter).

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