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Title: Fat Punko
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Release date: September 16, 2019
Written and Produced by Juan Rico.
Mastered by Neel at Enisslab
Image by Jesse Draxler
1. Punish Or Be Damed
2. Massive Garage Meetings
3. Screem ‘N’ Cry
4. Nervous Idiots In The Bar
5. Dirty Feeling
Reeko returns to Avian.
Juan Rico follows up his 2017 debut on the label with a fresh brace of wrought iron recordings.
Where La Mala Educación made driven, low slung rhythmic components & warping feedback signals the focus of the music – Fat Punko finds the Spanish producer working with a new sense of space. No doubt all the hallmarks of a top tier Reeko record remain present – heavily saturated drums & gently shifting sequences propel much of the EP – but previously unfamiliar percussive samples sat high in the mix & a tentative move towards more broken- beat compositions provide a new & pleasing angle for the artists work.
Opener Punish Or Be Damned marries a characteristically meditative sequence with sparse, crushed drums & a spoken word monologue sunk deep amongst layers of granular texture; and the A2 Massive Garage Meetings pursues a similar mood, but ups the ante with polyrhythmic drum machine elements and a dry lead front and centre. Nervous Idiots In The Bar closes out the A side, and harks back to Juan Rico’s previous outing on the Avian label, working with nothing more than worn drums & white noise hiss to great effect. The B side splits itself between tracks Screem ’N’ Cry & Dirty Feeling. The former riffs on the producer’s work under his Architectural alias – a dense, incendiary recording built around an off kilter lead sequence & featuring extraordinary, heady noise manipulation throughout; while the latter finds its energy in a stunning, maximalist Reece propelled across its run time with careful modulation & buoyed by frenetic, half-time drums.
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