rocketnumbernine-meyouweyou

Rocketnumbernine are a relatively unknown duo made up of brothers Ben (synthesizers & FX) and Tom Page (drums) who formed in 2005, going on the release their debut album “You Reflect Me” in 2008. After meeting legendary drummer the late Steve Reid in 2010 the duo decided to take a more structured approach to their fusion of jazz, post-rock, electronic music and thick synth drones. This resulted in a live collaboration with Reid collaborator Four Tet at that year’s Mutek festival before releasing the single ‘Matthew and Toby’ on Four Tet’s Text label, followed by ‘Lone Raver’ the following year on Soul Jazz. At the start of 2013 the duo collaborated with Four Tet on the Floating Points produced single ‘Roseland/Metropolis’ that preceded this album.

The album opens with the echoing analogue synth and an acoustic drum break of ‘Lupe’, which develops into a filmic, dark and melodic monster across its five-minute length. Next up is ‘Rotunda’ which is firmly aimed at the dance floor with four to the floor electronic drums, energetic, tribal percussion, filthy wobbling bass line and a main melody that recalls DJ Mujava’s ‘Township Funk’. ‘Slide’ combines the previous two tracks approaches, starting with a thumping start-stop acoustic drum break which is swiftly joined by a descending synth sound and wriggling synth bass. There’s a great synth and drum build up that reaches its peak at 4 minutes in, with a ton of cymbals, acid synth and other synth FX bouncing around your ears.  

‘Steel Drummer’ opens with four to the floor bass drum, insistent cowbell and a stabby but thin synth riff. . Around a minute in a new more expressive and rich synth melody comes in building to the dropping of an acoustic drum break and rising, roaring synth bass that rattles the brain and adds an epic feel to the track. Everything breaks down to four to the floor drums swiftly followed by a thick, phat and funky synth bass line. Then the epic section kicks in again around 4 minutes in. It is a brilliantly structured and devastatingly effective track. ‘Deadly Buzz’ is a real album highlight opening with stuttering vocal sample and boxy drums before a whining synth and huge synth bass and delayed synth FX come in. Around two minutes in the track breaks down to an echoing computer vocal and drums while a doomy, heavy bass guitar builds in the background giving way to all out trash!! Epic, closer ‘Matthew & Toby’ manages to match a lighter sound with the live and intense feel of the album’s other tracks.

All-in-all “MeYouWeYou” is a great album that effortlessly combines live music influences with dance music influences and Rocketnumbernine are definitely a band to look out for in the future, they already have an album with Neneh Cherry confirmed for release later this year.

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