Lakker – ‘Containing A Thousand’ (R&S Records)

With profound variety and tangibility in each of their releases, Lakker have been hailed for their muscular soundscapes, experimental take on techno and a proven ability to expand and execute. It’s only fitting that the Dublin based duo would join the ranks of Tessela, Lone and Blawan, having been welcomed into the fold as the latest debut on the seminal R&S imprint. The stunning four track ‘Containing A Thousand’ EP is another Techno hybrid. Combining moody atmosphere with excellent rhythmic percussion, it’s tied together masterfully by minute flourishes.

The title track is a blistering static affair, saturated by an ominous atmosphere and carried home by distorted bass. It’s a complete stormer. The scathing churn of ‘Mausoleum’ is embellished by the eerie sound of fleeting synths. It progresses slowly, like a war machine leaving smouldering tracks upon scorched earth.

‘K’antu’ is a poly-rhythmic bass infusion which bubbles into a jaunty melodic progression but it’s the wild animal calls which makes it stand out. ‘Thermohaline’ takes the form of a dark, punchy steel-drum shuffle before being washed out to oblivion by a torrent of ethereal noise. Each track has something different to offer. As fitting a soundtrack for late night walking as it is peak-hour, dance-floor smashing material.

‘Containing A Thousand’ is out now on digital formats 12″ vinyl, pick up your copy HERE.

Conor McTernan