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Logic1000 – Mother

(Therapy/Because) UK release date: 22 March 2024

The Australian act bring some stripped-back beats and tasteful synths to their full-length debut

Logic1000 - Mother In the age of DAWs and creative democratisation it might feel a little quaint to have a division of labour between the creative and the technical, but that’s just the way Samantha Poulter, aka Logic1000, started out. With the help of creative partner Thomas McAlister she has been making waves in the house scene for the past few years, and her debut album Mother features easy-going grooves, minimal arrangements and melodious vocal appearances from Rochelle Jordan among others.

From Within opens the album with shuffling drums, sonorous sub-bass and a synth sequence that shimmers in syncopated fashion. Simplicity is the name of the game, and the wordless vocal loop adds a bit of intrigue as the track builds, breaks down and builds back up again. Can’t Let Go is more hard-hitting, its 4×4 house groove knocking the woozy chords into an intense sidechain – the bassline plays a pivotal role here, with a half-bar loop that earns every repetition. On these songs Mother has a sense of purpose, the sound design is impactful and the rhythms keep momentum going. 

Every Lil’ is perhaps the most effective collaboration on the record, a mid-tempo number featuring MJ Nebreda on vocals and the frenetic percussion of Dj Plead. The drum fills filter up and down, bouncing off the electronic beats in a wild manner, MJ Nebreda’s Spanish lyrics are delivered in an elegant, cascading topline – the contrast is strange and very enjoyable. Meanwhile Heartbeat is proof that the simplest elements can make a song, as the clave rhythm feels perfect amongst the metronomic bass hits and subtle pulses of noise, a moody club banger. Other points in the tracklist could have used more development. Side By Side is unfortunately house by numbers, as the splashes of M1 organ fail to liven up proceedings, and Saint Rex’s mish-mash of jazzy chords never quite sounds coherent (also, do they accidentally become quantised in the track’s middle-section?).

However, Grown On Me ends the record on a better note, Overmono-esque vocal snippets rubbing up against a bouncy synth ostinato and rubbery bass. As the mainstream of club music continues to seek out bigger and more energetic sounds, Logic1000’s relatively mellow approach is intriguing, and Mother certainly shows potential – it just needs some fine-tuning to become the full package.

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