Imagine if Green Velvet had been raised in the heart of London at roughly the same time as the real one was growing up in Chicago. You’d have something like Kalani Bob and Remegel – two guys I know nothing about other than the devastating two volume Cheese & Pickle EPs on seminal UK Garage label Groove Yard Records.
“Dreaming Of Brie” and “Deep Breath” are the classic cuts from Volume 1 of the two Cheese & Pickle EPs, the former showing its age a little in ravey sort of sounds but more than making up for it in startlingly originality. There is a lo-fi aggressiveness to this – like they beat the crap out of whatever broken down instruments they could lay their hands on until they emitted the sounds they wanted suffering an electronic death. There’s a moment in “Dreaming Of Brie” that reminds me of someone flipping a switch and the house falls down around them – it’s a technicolor explosion of sound from the most minimal framework. And maybe like their machines, these two EPs were enough, and Kalani Bob & Remegel moved on.
Kalani Bob & Remegel: Deep Breath & Dreaming Of Brie
Groove Yard (1995)