Narcotic Syntax: Calculated Extravagant Licentiousness

Narcotic Syntax (James Dean Brown and yapacc) follows its Superlongevity Three stunner “Pingpong Voodoo” with three deep tracks that give the lie to this music's common microhouse classification; if anything, macrohouse would be more apropros. The opener, “Electric Liquid,” features smooth house grooves overlaid by Winter's softly uttered recitation and sweetened by burbling bass lines and shiny hi-hats. Her text recounts a night-time, ocean-side lounge incident where the liquid of her spilled gin'n'tonic induces a surreal telepathic experience with a male neighbour. “Romantic Infinity” begins in samba mode, then adds another recitation, this time as if recorded in some echo chamber, and head-nodding bass lines. Heavy drum patterns open the flip's “The Drumpads of Jericho” with Japanese lyrics (ostensibly a musical tour guide) delivered by Mariko Neumeister.Shibuyahot, while a mechanistic array of drums and hi-hats churns underneath and eventually lumbers to a lascivious close.

August 2004