Pulshar: Inside

[27 January 2011]

By Jason Cook

With Inside, Pulshar gives us a lazily drawn map of the United States of Pulshar, literally. There are other directional tracks, “Down By the River”,  “Above the Wall”, and they mostly all arrive at the same destination, covered in the same, sunny haze. Reggae chords sing over dub beat upon house beat, but seldom are there vocal samples and echoed rim snaps in betwixt. In “Montparnasse 2 AM”, the band channels minimal house and climaxes with a lazer solo, descending back again to nighttime chords and 4/4 sleekness. “S.T.A.R.S.” repeats the concept quite well and riffs on the theme with a whitewater bassline that hovers well below the track. Sure, there are the cool sub-rhythms that give Inside much of its regular appeal. It’s clear there’s potential here for a more experimental Pulshar. Especially among fans who’ve otherwise written off downtempo and watched it go to drum & bass names like Instra:Mental or DJ G. On Inside, where too many tracks sound like Groove-Armada-gone-Thievery-Corporation, that London bass scene sounds like a better direction.

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