Ozel AB 'Crimes' EP artwork

First Listen: Ozel AB – ‘Sidestep To Your Left’ (Lobster Theremin)

Check out the opening track from Lobster Theremin’s first release of 2015.

Despite taking its name from a rather ludicrous imagined instrument, its been apparent from day dot that Lobster Theremin very much mean business. Since starting in the latter half of 2013 with Palms Trax’s instantly beloved ‘Equation’ EP, Jimmy Asquith’s label has churned out wax at a rate of knots. Whilst each release occupies its own stylistic niche, a ‘Lobster Theremin sound’ has gradually crystalised over time – with the label now recognised for its dusty interpolations of classic Midwestern American House and Techno.

Their latest release continues down this path, with Asquith once again unearthing a gem of an artist in the shape of London based newcomer, Ozel AB. His four track ‘Crimes’ EP starts with ‘Sidestep To Your Left’, a smokey cut that sultrily emerges from the mid-winter gloom. The press materials liken it to a, ‘forum weirdo’s reinterpretation of Moodymann’s ‘J.A.N’ – which isn’t far off the mark at all, given its ever so slightly off kilter Motor City throb. There’s a slight distance about everything here too – from the detached insouciance of the sampled vocal, to the insistent yet softly lashing chords. With the EP’s other three tracks continuing down the opaque trail blazed by the likes of Actress and his Werkdiscs cohorts, ‘Crimes’ is a collection that’s deep, dark and imperfectly formed.

‘Crimes’ is out 30th January. Pre-order it here.