PRJ002 - Braer Rabbit Allez-z
Reviews for Allez-z
Losing Today, November 2002
'Issued on the highly enterprising Foolproof label, this ten incher serves up two lip smacking instrumental goodies in ‘Allez-Z’ and ‘Left Bank of the mind’. I’m partly reminded of a t-shirt sloganeering period some years ago when the Inspiral Carpets set about flooding the north of England with their ‘Cool as Fuck’ clothing. Strangely if there was ever a time to engineer an equally fortuitous foray into the world of the cat walk under the banner of ‘Groovy as Fuck’ then I suspect the Braer kids would be supplying the soundtrack to it. ‘Allez-Z’ is a furiously intertwining, locked groove of a record, trampling happily in the same kind of party zone hypnotics as Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, replete with the kind of monotonous metronomic back beat and the most irresistible melody you’ll hear all month, that seems to have within its core everything including the kitchen sink. ‘Left bank of the mind’ on the flipside is a spacier and more serene delicacy. Coming across like a latter period fluffy version of Stereolab with all the roughened bits left in tangling with Toshack Highway. In between, all manner of drone treatments and sparsely fused edgings make this a cutely trippy pop record.'
Record Collector, February 2002
'(Single of the month) There is always something mysterious about the 10" format, and there's definitely something mysterious about the music within this casing too. While the B-side 'left bank (of the mind)' may yet grow on us, the title track is really where it's all happens. A repetitive, sexy-sounding drone builds to one of those changes that seems to cry out for a vocal line. Call us trainspotters, but isn't this a little reminiscent of the mayhem that was released on the Black Cock label in the mid-90's? Oh, whatever. After a bit of industrial fizz and feminine whimpering, the familiar drone returns, and then it's gone, in a pitch-bending flash. Magic. And Single of the month by a country mile.'
Splendid e-zine, January 2002
'So satisfying is the heft of this thick bit of vinyl that you'll probably be in love long before it hits your turntable. Happily, at least in this instance, thickness isn't everything -- the music is, at the very least, quite good. If you took Jean Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, Kevin Shields, Stereolab and Orbital, put them in suspended animation for a hundred years, unfroze them, replaced randomly selected members with slightly brain-damaged android copies and then locked them in a recording studio, they might come up with "Allez-z". It's a woozy concrete patchwork of smeary, pitch-bent keyboard chords, sampled strums and semi-audible but thoroughly hypnotic female vocals, layered over a relentlessly poppy drum loop, with bursts of white noise padding out the quiet corners. It's the sort of song that, if dropped into a DJ's set, will make the non-chemically-enhanced dancers wonder if something's been slipped into their drinks. Repeat listening will induce the most marvelous headache of your life, though the song's unexpected vocal coda will soothe much of the pain. "Left Bank (Of the Mind)" is, by contrast, a great deal mellower; it sounds more like an IDM cover of Orbital's "Chime", as remixed by the artists who created "Allez-z". The rich, jazzy drum loop is pleasing, but the clanging keyboards are a little too hypnotic, without any kind of payoff -- the tune sits just below the boiling point for its duration, offering no climax to speak of. It's still an above-average piece, and would work well in a trance/chillout DJ set, but will never be the centerpiece that "Allez-z" most assuredly is. And in all fairness, that's why it's the B-side. -- George Zahora'
L'entrepont, January 2002
'Second single from those English weirdoes. Puffinboy, Tiny Hunter and Le Gibbon goes further with their sample excursions. Their music have something from the acted naivety from those eighties synth pop bands, something more experimental, almost avant-, from the Krautrock scene. And a nice nowadays grooves. I don't need to write further to convince you from this record I think. Certainly try out this one.'
Norman Records, December 2001
'Something that is fantastic is the new Braer Rabbit 10" single. I loved the last one and this is as good if not better. Really hard to get accross what it sounds like but I guess the closest comparison is a really warped disturbed Lemon Jelly. Easy on the ear but quite unsettling at the same time. Fantasimo...'