Woodenspoon

Souff Souff

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"Rare" is putting it mildly when describing this very rewarding EP, only released on vinyl in 1996 by the ever adventurous Warp Records from England. Every once in awhile, the label puts out an EP from a known artist using an unheard of pseudonym, and keeps its lips sealed as to who the artist actually is. Another example of this was the 1990 Warp release entitled Gak, who turned out to Richard James, aka Aphex Twin. In the case of Woodenspoon, many Aphex Twin fans were convinced it was actually another release of his, trying to fly below radar. In fact, after a little sleuthing around, Woodenspoon turns out to be Mark Clifford, frontman of Seefeel (an early victory for the Astralwerks label) and Disjecta. The drill'n'bass of this EP is distinctly different from his ambient Seefeel releases, so buyers beware. Clifford is trying out the style that his peers have embraced, but with some distinct reservation that yields wonderful results. The opening (and title) track drills aggressively forward, and is perhaps the best of show. What follows is shuffling exploration, dub-inspired basslines, digital sweeps, pings, buzzes, and curves, all welded down to the baseboards by Clifford's signature percussion. Write to Warp records and beg for a re-release on CD.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
7:00
2
2:55
3
4:55
4
4:48
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