Artist : Phonic Scoupe

Title : Love & Hate EP

Label : Stripped Recordings

Cat : [135-SR]

Release : Jan 13 2014

Genre : Techno/Tech House

Review by Andy Howarth

Stripped Recordings hit us up with a new EP from Phonic Scoupe for 2014. If you’ve never heard of them, don’t worry, they’re a new trio of producers from Lithuania and havn’t released much to date.

The title track ‘Love & Hate’ marries punchy beats with filtered synths throughout, and it’s clear they’ve been putting the hours in with regard to the quality of production. There’s precious little in the way of a breakdown, with the guys preferring to focus on developing the rolling beats.

From here, ‘Love In Space’ takes us on a slightly deeper path, whilst retaining the proggy elements of the lead track. There’s an almost Trancey riff that is remeniscent of some of the main-room material that was so prominent around the 2003/4 era. That’s no bad thing though, as it compliments the track quite nicely and certainly ramps up the ‘epicness’ to do justice to the big-room feel of the record.

Closing out the EP is ‘Aliens In My Bed’, a warm crunchy number that begins with plenty of promise, and then sadly dashes them all with a supposedly otherworldy synth line (hence the name) that just did nothing for me i’m afraid.

|ll in all, it’s a reasonable effort that’s very well made, but sadly lacking on the memorable stakes. Head for ‘Love In Space’ out of the three tracks, it’s a nice chuggy Prog House effort and one that would sound suitably impressive over a big sound system.

About the Author

Born of the Oxfordshire countryside, Andy has always preferred the quaint aspects of life around a historic city to the hustle and bustle of places like London or Birmingham. That said, the desire to satisfy his thirst for live music has led to him fleeing the tranquility of rural life on a regular basis, in favour of regions where the nightlife doesn't have to come to an abrupt end at 3am.