Marco Carola

“Get Set”

2M02 scanZoom inLabel2m
Cat. No.2M02
FormatEXCL12"E
Orders fromThu, 12 Jun 2008
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Review

The second release on Marco Carola’s 2M imprint, is another stone cold exercise in floor control. Get Set, Simple Things and the digital bonus Oh Yeah are essentially high quality mixing tools with real crossover appeal - heavy on percussion, punctuated by short, punchy synth stabs and propelled forward by endlessly looping motifs. The infectious riffs that peppered his recent release on Plus 8 have been replaced by more compact, linear grooves and taut, sinuous arrangements giving this selection a slightly darker edge but Carola’s instinctive feel for the groove is still there in abundance as he skilfully manipulates these closeknit sonic structures. The A side - Get Set is a relentless cyber disco work out with a warm, chugging rhythm section and helter skelter percussion fills. The bubbling undercurrents keep threatening to explode at any moment but Carola keeps the wild, snaking rhythms locked down tight before eventually releasing the pressure valve, taking the already intense, atmosphere to another level amid a flurry of acidic bleeps. Over on the flip, the mutant techno of Simple Things follows a similar formula with a molten bassline that occasionally filters through the carefully constructed, switching rhythms. The track doesn’t break down in the traditional sense, instead Carola slowly thins it out without ever losing momentum, briefly exposing the elusive bassline in its natural habitat before reconstructing again with perfect symmetry, embellishing it further with new percussive elements.

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