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“Both in his own productions as Pearson Sound and as a co-founder of the Hessle Audio label (with Ben UFO and Pangaea), David Kennedy has done as much as anyone in UK bass music to fold post-dubstep’s textures and rhythms back into classic house and techno. But “Earwig,” a mischievous tune tucked into the middle of a new EP for his Pearson Sound label, takes things to a new extreme. What he bills as his “first (and maybe last) acid track” is an unabashed throwback to the wriggly, gurgly sounds of early-1990s acid, and possibly an homage to one of the style’s pioneers in particular. The track is paced oozingly slow, around 96 beats per minute, with gliding 303 notes and nimble hi-hat triplets injecting an added dose of elasticity, and it’s impossible not to think of Plastikman chestnuts like “Plastique” or “Kriket”—’90s cuts that took the genre of acid to genuinely lysergic new extremes.”
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