Lifeform EP

DJ K-1

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Lifeform EP Review

by Sean Cooper

Lifeform is DJ K-1's (aka Keith Tucker) solo debut for Puzzlebox (the label he runs with Anthony Shakir; the two together are "Da Sampla," to which earlier Puzzlebox twelves were credited). Similar to his more straight-ahead Direct Beat techno-bass releases (both solo and with former outfit Aux 88), "Lifeform" also rises above the more redundant aspects of those releases, with more "crafted" sounds and less obvious rhythm patterns. Some of the tracks are marred by a characteristically Detroit loopiness (DJ Godfather, DJ Assault, Optic Nerve), but the best of this EP is among Tucker's most advanced work to date.