Reviewed by Tim diGravina (all music guide)
Like its predecessors, Slow Food is an album of flanged tones, rampant clicks & cuts, and kitchen sink effects. The demo Brad Laner submitted to Planet Mu emerges here with very few changes. Like experimental ambient peers Oval, Pan Sonic, and Pole, Laner fuels his music via glitches and distortions, foregoing traditional arrangements and more mathematical compositions. Slow Food works best when Laner tosses gentle melodies into the general sonic debris, as on "I'm in a Mazda," which almost seems to sample the shimmering shoegazer dynamics of Laner's old band, Medicine. Laner stumbles a bit in a few extended passages when he abandons the underbelly of fragile notes for somewhat obvious noise-mongering junglism or aimless, bubbly effects. Closer in feel to the lo-fi, all-over-the-map musings of Cex than the innovative explorations of genre front-runners like musical madman Venetian Snares, tone poem designers Mum, or master arranger Mike Paradinas, Laner's music seems crafted under a hit-or-miss modus operandi. The production here feels perhaps more accidental than some listeners will appreciate, though it's abundantly clear that a great deal of planning and tweaking went into each song. While Laner might not match the intensity or genius of the artists who inspired his transition to electronic music, Slow Food is still frequently quite beautiful and compelling.
- Rudi Zygadlo - Great Western Laymen
- FaltyDL - Endeavour
- Ikonika - Dckhdbtch
- FaltyDL - Phreqaflex
- DJ Nate - Hatas Our Motivation
- Oriol - Night And Day
- Vex'd - Cloud Seed
- Terror Danjah - Power Grid E.P.
- Oriol - Coconut Coast
- Ital Tek - Moment In Blue E.P.
- Rossi B & Luca (feat. Killa P.) - E10 Riddim
- Starkey - Ear Drums And Black Holes
- The Internal Tulips - Mislead Into A Field By A Deformed Deer
- Starkey - Stars (feat. Anneka)
- Slugabed - Ultra Heat Treated E.P.
- Venetian Snares - Horsey Noises
- FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability
- Luke Vibert - We Hear You
- Boxcutter - Arecibo Message
- Shitmat - One Foot In The Rave
- Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Part 4
- Terror Danjah - Gremlinz (The Instrumentals 2003-2009)
- Burnkane - You Know
- Subeena Ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify