When our good friend Perseus Traxx exclaimed on a certain social networking site last week that L.I.E.S could do no wrong, he was bang on the money. Everything released thus far on the label has been stellar to say the least, and with this new E.P from Jason Letkiewicz in his Steve Summers guise, they have went even further in excelling themselves. In fact, this record is so good that it’s going to be hard for me to write this review without sounding like I wanna lick Letkiewicz‘s balls. Don’t get it twisted though, there’s no fetishistic testicle-licking ulterior motive in reviewing this E.P. We’re down by the pound because it’s records like this that are the reason we’re 8.99 short on our rent every month, and if the landlord can’t dig it, then he can lick my balls.
Enough with the balls though. “Mode For Love” will instantly appeal to those of you who have ever walked the city streets alone past the witching hour, headphones in, witnessing scenes you’re only otherwise gonna see in an Abel Ferrara flick. The Love in question isn’t the kind that happens in Summer on the lush green grass of a public park, but the kind that takes place in questionable buildings with poorly lit stairwells in metropolitan alleyways after dark. Raw and dirty analogue basement rhythms are the staple of these tracks, overlain with scuzzy bass work and synthlines flashing through like car headlights briefly illuminating the darkest corners of the cityscape. Letkiewicz has delivered a fervent ode to the night with “Mode For Love“, a record that righteously invokes the delphic atmosphere the city leaks when the sun has set.
Steve Summers – In The Mode For Love
Steve Summers – Different Paths
Steve Summers – Nethermead Arches
Steve Summers – The Sunrise In Your Eyes
Confused House/Steve Summers
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