Kaboogie flag-carrier Eomac has been busy this year. His side project
Lakker has been getting some festival airplay from the likes of Aphex
Twin, he had a track on the excellent Finest Ego compilation last
August and his debut 10” just recently dropped on Maigret Recordings.
The Mnk EP is his first release for Irish collective Invisible Agent.
Its a dark and trippy affair, drawing on halfstep and breakbeat
rhythms throughout. Trudging along, it channels Zomby-esque
psychedelia and dark electro influenced electronica from the genres
heyday at the turn of the century.
The title track opens the EP with big, haunting off-key synths and
glitchy beats. Dark, dense and complex, its layers delicately to
create unnerving soundscapes and leaves a lasting impression.
Definitely a slow burner, it took me a few listens to the heart of
this track (perhaps the slightly cliched wobble was throwing me off).
Its a strong yet odd choice for an opener, as the rest of the EP is
relatively more fun.
Next, Bashy’s bass drums pound their way through four odd minutes of
shuffling rhythms to great affect while ‘Texx’ is a mixed up 2-stepper
with wonky theremin synths and a great fluidity. My favourite track on
the release, its prominent bassline, odd melodies, skippy beats and
cavernous snares combine well.
‘Medieval Massive’ keeps you guessing what direction its taking
throughout and betrays Eomac’s by now obvious admiration for Zomby.
Mnk occupies a space somewhere between headphone and dancefloor
material and it will be interesting to see how some of the tracks
would go down on the floor. For now, its another fine addition to what
is becoming an increasingly versatile and respectable back catalogue
from one of Ireland’s electronic music standard bearers.