2 out of 5
Label: WeMe Records
Produced by: Acid Quiff (?)
When I used to work at a mall music store, we’d sneak our own music on after closing hours. I was still getting my tastes settled at that point, and my sole foray into electronic music was Aphex Twin. One of my coworkers was into some similar stuff as me, and she wanted to put on some techno one night. Interested in expanding my horizons in the bleep bloop genre, I pricked my ears up with interest… and then had 90s club thumpings blared down dem holes. I tried to separate what she was playing from what I considered “generic” house music – as I was told these were underground DJs or whatnot – but I couldn’t. I gave it a shot across many evenings, and allowed that I understood how it could get one dancing (when surrounded by others doing the same, lights blaring, perhaps some stimulant or sense-enhancement buzzing along in yer innards), but it never registered as anything I’d put on for, like, casual listening.
To be fair, there’s nothing about Acid Quiff’s ‘Preset Progress’ that suggests to me it’d be anything other than a continuous acid mix. While “acid” can cover a broad spectrum of stuff, some of which (a lot on WeMe Records) I quite love, the wacky dancin’ dude on the cover, and the name – quiff maybe refers to a flamboyant hairstyle, or maybe “voluble, empty talk,” or maybe it just sounds silly – and the fact that each side is one long track… I figured this was more club-geared. It’s certainly a bit quirkier than the 90s US house to which I refer above, tossing in wacky samples and odd beats across its 45 RPM and 33 RPM sides, but it ultimately still falls into the same category of something I will never again put on for casual listening.
Quiff has been paired up with Ceephax on some releases, and there’s a likeminded playfulness at work; however, sometimes Ceephax also gives us party jams instead of songs, and that tends not to be the stuff I listen to. Quiff is, I’d say, less inventive than Ceephax, coming up with some weird beats, but they’re kind of limited in scope, just a’looping. And then – by my opinion – this is limited further on Preset Progress by sticking to a mix style intended for a DJ set.
Very much a “your mileage may vary” release, depending on your tolerance for the style.