Crack in the Road

You might have heard of these dudes before.

Spawned around the San Francisco Bay, Low Limit from Portland, Oregon (who has since been a Brainfeeder favourite) and Lando Kal (who moved to New York, now Berlin) formed as one under the name Lazer Sword. They’ve released a split 12″ on Glasgow’s Numbers label, and an album on Innovative Leisure. Seperately, Lando has released stuff on Numbers, Amsterdam’s Rush Hour and London’s Hotflush, whilst Low Limit has put out on Manchester’s Fat City. So these guys are hardly new to the scene.

However, this new release is via Modeselektor‘s Monkeytown Records, and is some absolutely vital dance music. It seems they’ve been working towards a particular aesthetic, and they’ve nailed it. Both sides are examples of the perfect medley of house, robotic vocals, garage, funky and techno – an electronic fruit salad. The synths in Sounds Sane hit me almost as hard as in Joy Orbison‘s first outings. The 808 cowbell on the B-side, Klock is staggeringly catchy amongst the shuffling drums. Both tracks are very very adaptive, and are going to go down a treat on our shores, that’s for sure. By the way, not only are Monkeytown releasing this, but an album is following in late April. After hearing this, I for one can’t wait that long.

Stream both tracks below. Sounds Sane b/w Klock is out now via download/10″ on Monkeytown Records.