[a]pendics.shuffle Helicopter Hearts

Helicopter Hearts is a good mix of techno and tech-house that is fully electronic, mostly without vocals, or regular instruments. The tracks all have a regular four-on-the-floor pulse and there are cutup sounds, odd stabs of noise and glitches, touches of acid and the occasional funky bass line. The man behind [a]pendics.shuffle is Kenneth Gibson, a former guitarist and singer turned laptop enthusiast. The disc is extremely well-produced; he has great studio skills as there is a lot of punch to everything he’s done here. There are few vocals, which are filtered and looped on a new version of the single "Saw Saw Soup” and "Dirty Hood.” If you don’t like Matthew Dear’s singing, and do like Akufen’s less frenetic moments, this will appeal to you. (Orac)