stephen lopkin - the haggis trap - m>o>s deep - vinylMOS DEEP 020 - 77729 - eu12'' - €8.50
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Next up to join the MOS Deep cannon is Stephen Lopkin, who serves up four new cuts on his The Haggis Trap EP.
Lopkin is still something of an emerging talent having only started releasing in the last couple of years. The Glasgow based producer operates in the worlds of house and techno with a unique futuristic perspective.
The title track is a surging, musically rich techno track that is supple, shiny and spine tingling. Raw percussion and pixelated melodies warp around each other as widescreen synths smear in all directions in the distance. 'Catherine's Track' is a bristling brew of sheet metal hi hats, gurgling basslines and emotive chords that adds a modern perspective to an old school Detroit techno sound.
First up on the flip side is 'Let's All Talk About Me', a more jacking, prickly affair with pinging analogue drums, incessant hi hat lines and spangled melodies that quickly ride up and down the scale, taking you with them at every step. It's a track that really fires your every synapse before closer 'Mugs Alley' again marries a keen sense of techno melody with crisp, propulsive percussion and firmly rooted drums.
Combining elements of all the techno greats from Juan Atkins to Derrick May, this is an EP that surely announces the arrival proper of a very real new talent.