- Niv Arzi and Dori Sadovnik are a good-humoured duo, which might help explain how they've released on so many big labels. The latest is Life And Death with an EP that continues where their recent The Beach Goths album left off by channeling a deep interest in genres outside dance music. At their best they resemble Liquid Liquid—"Kalacol," with its chunky drums and bassline, is hypnotic and powerful, with spoken word from Yuli Vainshtein that add a decadent layer of trippiness. "Round" could be a track from the peak-era DFA, riding a grotty bassline into the ground. It struts like disco and swaggers like rock.
The other two tracks have no such sense of cool. Spaghetti Western techno that sounds like Ennio Morricone jamming with The Doors, "Vego Gam" feels like a dance music dad joke. The long and meandering "Sami" features whoops and chants that put a clumsy spin on tribal house. But one of the best things about Red Axes is their sense of adventure, which makes them admirable even when they stumble.
A1 Kalacol feat. Yuli Vainshtein
A2 Vego Gam