Lakker – Coal Bath (2013)
Although Irish duo Lakker haven’t really developed a single identifiable sound yet, you can usually count on Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell to deliver their techno with strange little flourishes that make it stand out. On Coal Bath, the duo’s EP for new imprint Candela Rising, they’re all about industrial revolution chic, caked in soot and underlined with Victorian dread.
The title track bears resemblance to McDonell’s garage-influenced solo work as Eomac, as it spasms through each bar. It’s like a sped-up version of what Peverelist was doing a few years ago. Birmingham’s DJ Skirt pulls “Coal Bath” deeper into the netherworld, destabilizing its percussive sounds until it’s a shower of echoed clink and clang. “Rsspstp” places another dangling percussive figure above detuned chirps and acid-barbed bass stabs. “Brood” opens up the furnace room heard faintly throughout the other tracks, dominated by industrial hum and metallic scraping. Listen carefully and you can almost make out a beat…residentadvisor