Published May 22, 2013
‘Quillock,’ the debut EP from Tanya And Marlon (of PLX and Anonymous), sees these stalwarts of Iceland’s electronica scene expand their old-school influenced bass groove to something wider and less aggressive—not so much in yer face, but drifting into inner space.
Some sections of this EP certainly strike a chord. The opener “Melodies,” with dreamy throbbing pads and the sound of children’s play and rainfall, gives you a warm hint of past memories, the same feeling you’d likely get from a Boards Of Canada song. There’s also the AtomMax remix of “Mellowish,” (the best track on the EP), doing a seamless job of weaving samples with a heavy ambient dub undercurrent that takes the original somewhere else completely different.
Alas, some of the tracks don’t quite hit the mark for me. “New Day” falls back on the off-kilter glitch-y rhythms that don’t add anything to the overall sound, while the second “Mellowish” remix from Bypass opts for a rinsed minimal house beat that only shakes up some kind of energy in the last two minutes. But there’s certainly more than enough on ‘Quillock’ for fans of Icelandic electronica to dip their brains into.