There is a really dark vibe throughout the EP. While present in ‘Hors La Loi’ and ‘Roots Revival’, the quartet really take the Beast out for a walk in ‘Into A Mindset’. This track starts of with a haunting bells-like synth arpeggio, soon complemented by a crescendo of modified guitar noise and a kick drum that seems to go ridiculously fast, yet binds the other elements cleanly together. If ever there was dub music perfect for a chase-scene in a new HBO-series, this would be it. After a slight intermezzo with more nice sample work (“My mind is a raging torrent“), the guitar revs it up all the way to eleven and the track quickly elevates to climax levels.
In general, samples are well-chosen and show the excellent taste of the owner of the “sample machine”. Or to complete the sample started previously: he uses his tongue prettier than a 20-dollar whore. (Readers will excuse the profanities, and – to any 20-dollar whores that may or may not be reading this – we extend or sincerest apologies should any emotional damage have been received from previous comparison.)
‘Roots Revival’ finishes up with dub for desolate morning-afters. This track is another showcase of the wide variety of instruments Entropeia uses to convey its moody take on the genre. From classic harpsichord, brass sections, melodica and accordion (?) to high-voltage synth noise: they can do it all.
‘EP 2012′ is an impressive love letter to dub, and if there is one complaint to be made, it would be that the release is not nearly long enough. I could go for quite a few more tracks of the band’s eccentric sound. One can only hope there’s a follow-up LP. Highly recommended!
Entropeia – Hors La Loi
This review was originally published on netlabelism.com, an online music magazine covering netlabel culture and releases. I was editor for the magazine from January 2011 until December 2014.