Artwork: Gabriel Coutu-Dumont
Exercise doesn’t get enough credit in today’s techno communities. With the Paléotronique EP, however, Luci are planning to change all that. Developed while scheming in between serves on one of Montreal’s sweatier squash courts, local fixtures Guillaume Coutu Dumont (Egg) and David Fafard (Nanalog) have managed to take the intensity of their game and fuse into these three tracks. The results are blistering, mixing in barrel-thumping tech-house, ornate samples, and noirish sensibilities to come up with one neck-snapping floorburner. Luci takes its cue from the same set of tools that Dumont cultivated in his other critically acclaimed duo, Egg, who raised the eyebrows of music fans and critics alike at the tail-end of 2003 with their debut, Don’t Postpone Joy (MUTEK_REC). Whereas Egg invests its efforts in moodiness, Luci throws its back into the dance-floor. The lean, minimal-funk roughness of this single probably has something to do with the club-reared Fafard, who has been laying down some of the most exciting live visuals in Montreal’s techno community for several years now. Clocking in at just under seven minutes, “Mullet Is In Da House” sounds like an over-excited robot learning to play a drum kit. “Dangeresque” trades in eccentric energy for coy playfulness, soundtracking what could be an as-yet-unfilmed Pink Panther sketch. The epic B-side, “Blastocyste” says it all in its name: dirty, unflinching, and ready to blow a hole in any mix ready to take it on.