Petwo Evans head to Petrax next with with a triple header of bludgeoning club music, Petrax 3. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to the latest from the doom-laden duo.
Those who are familiar with the work of Welsh two-piece Rich Thair and Jake Williams – AKA Petwo Evans – will be well aware of a propensity for dealing out their very unique brand of off-kilter club trax. The pair return to Petrax with their third release on the imprint – Petrax 03 – and with it a shift in their dynamic.
Previous excursions with Petwo Evans have yielded some genuine gems, particular favourites including the lo-fi electro workout, Grey, from Petrax 01 and the thunderous groover Oxford Bags from the second installment. A point of note is that Thair and Williams make use of reclaimed hardware, specifically drum machines, breathing new life into what other may consider tired and redundant.
The package opens with Lock 16, a short number that clocks in a 1 minute 45 seconds – a common trope for the duo’s releases on the Petrax imprint, as the first track of both previous outings came in around the two-minute mark. We premiere this track for you today (stream at the top…)
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A tense atmosphere is created in this relatively small time-space, a sub-aquatic drone joined by effervescing percussion which, at first, sounds as though it is bubbling up from the depths of some inky blue. It is easy to see, even in this momentary interlude, why the likes of Andrew Weatherall are championing the Petwo Evans sound.
As we step through the gates opened by Lock 16 we are greeted by the heavily industrial vibe of Rash. Electronic percussion clanks away like hammer to anvil, atomic structures shattered outwards as quarks zip in and out of the mix, tearing through the kind of bottom-end that would have Godflesh et al throwing appreciative nods.
The third track, Petrox, summons rumbles and chatterings akin to those one might find at a rave held at the heart of Krubera cave. A tweeter-bothering top end sets the wheels in motion, before huge mesmerising drops rain down around the head-space. It’s club music, but not as we know it.
The first half of the track is interrupted by a demonic low-end, before we are treated to a jukey percussive workout that works in unison with the sub-bass to lift the feet from the ground as if possessed. Powerful stuff.
This is an excellent release from a pair that are showing no signs of letting up. You can pre-order Petwo Evans‘ Petrax 03, here. General release is November 22nd.