Wrapping the remnants of dance culture in a thick coat of Krautrock's past, East Londoners Michael Kirkman and Alan James are laying the pulses on thick and clean with their full length debut II on Soul Jazz. The band's clearest touchstone is Harmonia but dashes of Ash Ra Temple and Neu ooze all over their minimalist dance impulses as well. The two take this template and lock listeners into an antiseptic haze of static tempo beats and whirling, throbbing synth swashes - filling the nose with the greaseless wafts of utopian precision. Many have tried to pick up where the Germanic masters left off though few have actually been able to assimilate the Krautrock dream without sounding like a simple rehash or cheap juxtaposition. But whereas dream poppers like Stereolab were able to find a new angle so too have Subway, trading the pop for the shattered remnants of Detroit techno and draping the motorik shimmer around it like a flag.
[MP3] Subway - Simplex
[MP3] Subway - Harmonia
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