After nearly a year dormant, the cogs of Lobster Theremin‘s white label series begin turning again, with an EP by London producer Luke Palmer – aka Ozel AB. Returning to the lobster cage two years after his Crimes EP, the five tracks on Valis EP traverse the territories of trippy techno, bubbly ambient and lo-fi house, arranged from Palmer’s signature dubbed out and fuzzy foundation.
The real standout for us opens the B-side with an extended version of a mainstay in Palmer’s live sets. With its teeth bared ready for a fight, ‘Stoosh 95’ opens with menace, but its slower tempo to much of the EP gives the clue that the metallic sound of its bark (that features heavily in the opening third) is worse than its bit. Layers are slowly built upon – a rubbery bassline, short bursts of whispers and blissful synths – that soften its original warning shot, morphing into a 90s throwback with as much groove as you’re likely to find on Ozel’s catalogue.
Valis EP is out 1st July – pre-order from the Lobster Theremin website and most good record stores.