DJ KLAPTRAP: empathy box (Landline Collective, 2022)

March 5, 2022 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

DJ KLAPTRAP: empathy box

San Antonio’s DJ KLAPTRAP is part of the rising Landline Collective. This brief album is only the artist’s second release, but it displays a skill for smashing breakbeats up with a range of moods and sounds. The intro and the dubby, slo-mo “Milankovitchianism Extremist” are more detached, but there’s other tracks with more direct, aggressive breaks and also some high-speed rave tomfoolery. “Drunk” is more of an atmospheric, floating d’n’b track with focused but tripped-out breaks. After the sludgy industrial crawl of “Eyes (Slow Mix)”, “All Of It Crumbles By Your Hand” is a high-speed burst of choppy radioactive shrapnel recalling early Duran Duran Duran, eventually combusting into a speedcore nightmare. Nicely done.

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