Troubleshooter is Rob Holloway, once of Bitsteam and with a portfolio including releases on Modern Love, Skan 1 and Touched Two. Here he displays his love of Autechre and IDM with 5 tracks that span the electronic cosmos with ease. “Analogulation” kicks things off with a LSD-induced fairytale dreamworld. Rotating, joyous elements spiraling in a world full of synthetic textures and fluffy pink clouds. “Subulation Cascader” fires up the sound mangler for an exercise in wormhole exploration. Outer-galactic bleeps and tones barraging the listener from afar while delicate, rubber-band strings hang in stasis. Excellent stuff and so idiosyncratic of the former Bitstream legend. The wonderfully named “Kickin’ Binz” playfully toys with rhythmic structure as various percussion elements are fired haphazardly around the tumble drier; a beautiful if slightly serene pad sound holding everything together by the skin of its teeth. Closing side A is the first of two locked grooves included by Rob, a nice little bonus for any creative DJs to use out int field. Onto side B and “Lakeside Tardis” spins on a technicoloured penny of dreamy excellence. A skitty breakbeat accompanying kaleidoscoping arpeggios and rich plumes of bass. “Planet Alignment” is a darker number, with long analogue synth bass sweeps and an computerized, old school electro feel to proceedings. Bubbling splurges of oscillator filth joining the foray as the track progresses through its cybernetic course. Most excellent. Finally, the second locked groove bonus is a tough electro beat, perfect for mixing mid-session in the sweatiest of basements. This is a fuckin’ epic EP from Box Bedroom Rebels and Troubleshooter – highly recommended. Move quick!
A brilliantly presented BBR special this time with **BLACK DIAMONDS** (!!) encased in black matt envelope, sealed with PAT test sticker. Also includes download card to 9 extra tracks, double-sided inner and outer sleeves (including beautiful panoramic artwork) and let’s not forget the now trademark confetti! Hand numbered and limited to 250 copies.
Tracklist: Analogulation / Subulation Cascader / Kickin’ Binz / Lockgroove 001 / Lakeside Tardis / Planet Alignment / Lockgroove 002
Box Bedroom Rebels BBR#19