- The term "fodder" has some pretty nasty connotations; cheap, disposable, replaceable, functional. "Filler" is slightly better, though it still implies a sub-standard product. The Viking is better than both those terms. It's the kind of EP that will appear in many a set, and yet probably never be asked about. "7tine" epitomises this sentiment. It's hung around a two-note droning, which drops back and forth metronomically, imbuing the track with a chugging sense of movement. I use the term "droning" loosely; the sound here isn't an ominous one. Coupled with slow-burning filters and dubby atmospherics, this is big room techno at its most obvious. "Carlos" works pretty much the same angle, but offers more of a tech house slant. Flickering percussion and ghostly pad work round out the package this time. "The Viking" itself rests on a surprising bassline, almost a hard house clone with its relentless sucking. This, and its urgent twanging melody give it the most personality of the release, which is really all that's missing here.
01. The Viking