Gag Reflex – Sisphyean Rhythms EP

By Corey Maass

Starting an EP with a 50-second scream is a bold move!

“Concussion” by Gag Reflex kicks off the Sisphyean Rhythms EP as a drum workout and exercise in edgy noises. Reminiscent of 90s industrial textures combined with early breakbeat favorites like FSOL, it’s a deep and dark roller with hints of melody buried in waves of grinding synth and samples.

“Spit” is the tune that really caught my ear. Starting as a 4/4 percussive thumper, it weaves itself through eerie techno atonality and slapping rhythm. It sounds both old and new, which is why I think I like it. This would fit well in an old-school techno set or coming from a carnival stage in 2022.

And finally, “Valve” takes us back only 20 years to the proto- or pre-dubstep of El-B, Oris Jay/Darqwan, Horsepower, Artwork, etc. This track is pure vibe and drum workout. Sirens beckon you in, shouts affirm your joy, and the drums just keep rolling.

Posted on June 27, 2022