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THREE TRAPPED TIGERS By Stephen Worthy

NUMBERS 1-13
02 March 2012
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Following last year’s debut ‘Route One Or Die’, complex London math rockers Three Trapped Tigers pull together their first three EPs under one roof. Rather like that debut, the crash-bang avant-jazz drums and fizzy guitars may prove jarring to some, but Warp or Ninja fanboys will salivate. TTT’s USP is their marrying of live instruments with sequencers and synths. Often it’s a subtler approach which lifts them above the ordinary. Take ‘4’, which builds from simple piano riffery into post-Velvet Underground white noise, while on ‘5’, Kid A-style electronica meets modern Afro-jazz. The later tracks, ‘10’ to ‘13’, possess Battles’ beat-heavy digital rock DNA – a very smart way to go.

File under Sonically challenging Brit math rock
Download 4, 5, 11
Like this? Try Battles ‘Gloss Drop’ (Warp)

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