South Central

The Owl of Minerva

by Chris Conaton

15 December 2008

 

South Central is a DJ outfit (and occasional five-piece live band) from Brighton, England with a small list of remixes to their name (biggest act they’ve remixed?—probably Klaxons) and a huge ego. The Owl of Minerva collects all of their previous vinyl-only songs onto CD for the first time. The result is 47 minutes of nonstop dance beats and very little actual songwriting. Their self-written press release touts South Central’s ability to straddle the line between dance music and indie, but adding distorted guitars and occasional vocals to typical thumping electro is hardly a fresh idea. They tend to alternate the guitar-dominated tracks with ones that feature video gamey-sounding synths, but that isn’t exactly an inspired trick, either. “Nothing Can Go Wrong” has a sorta-catchy vocal to it, and other tracks have tiny pieces that may have developed into hooks with a little nurturing. In fact, the entire album only features one truly memorable bit, a synth hook that pops up twice in “Machine” when the dance beat actually drops out briefly. This is decent club music, but it’s woefully short of creativity

The Owl of Minerva

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