This release is brought to you by those discerning dealers for chuggy dancefloors and sophisticated sundowns, Higher Love Recordings. With a some heavy hitting releases already under their Brighton belts from Alex Aguayo, Alterleo, Perry Granville and Joe Morris, these Balearic beaus are about to make a deeper impression with this latest offering.
Attraktors have been making chuggy, Kraftwerk inspired electronica in the East Midlands for a while, John Thompson, James Flower and Anthony Hodgkinson released their self-titled album last year on Vivod. These talented musicians have all spent time in notable bands, the Nottingham trio make glorious noises that reference Depeche Mode, Eno and the Human League.
On this EP Attraktors join forces with Crazy P co-founder under his Ron Basejam moniker. You never know quite what you’re going to get from a Basejam production, which always keeps things interesting on the dance-floor. Championed by Gilles Peterson, he’s had releases on Wolf music, Razor-N-Tape, Futureboogie, Classic and House of Disco, as well as a ton of high-profile remixes for Fouk, Lovebirds, Kelis and The White Lamp. This 10” piece of vinyl is the result of this spectacular pairing.
‘Heavy Water’ rushes in on a siren-like synthetic fanfare, while dramatic percussion promises some kind of imminent lift-off. Ron Basejam delivers a dynamic, deep, bottom-heavy chug, tested by depth-charge sonar blips. A menacing LFO arpeggio propels the piece out onto the peak-time dancefloor. Its snarl softened slightly as Ron launches that fanfare once more. Moody, magnificent, body-moving, it drops down to a conga break, and then hits you with horns, before bringing that bolshy beat back. ‘Maximum Minimum’ initially subdues with its cinematic synths, and kosmische squiggles. Counterpointing this gurgling gear with theremin sighs and epic keys, a riot of rumbling motorik funk with chunky bass, gets its punk edges buffed by pretty prog harmonies, as the track evolves into an opulent, vocoder-ed, expanse. The piano rolls, as that robotic voice readies you for ignition on this stomping cosmic disco rocket.