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6 out of 10
Electro-wunderkind Mr Fogg (Philip to his mum) is back with the "Keep Your Teeth Sharp" EP. The title track is part grime stomper, part expansive, Icelandic, orchestral post-rock blow out. On initial listens I was oblivious to the sweeping strings and horns in the background, but after time I got it. There is a lot going on in the background and it's obvious that a lot of time has gone into the production carried out by Bjork collaborator Valgeir Sigurdsson no less. In Reykjavik no less. The boy from Berkshire done good.
Gentle vocals on "Whispers" on top of plinky-plonky beeps and squelches have an air of Efterklang about the track. Both this and the ethereal solo piano piece "Keep Your Distance" show progression from the first few songs I made contact with; "Seciov" especially. The remix of the title track by Olafur Arnalds shows the strength of the original song in that it can be stripped down to its bare bones and still have the same effect on the listener. Pop along to the Fogg Shop and get yourself a punnet of tunes.
1. Keep Your Teeth Sharp
3. Keep Your Distance
4. Keep Your Teeth Sharp (Olafur Arnalds Remix)