For Pilgremage, Pilgrem packs in every imaginable genre hallmark: tenor sax and classical measure, fuzz guitar and funk bass, the kitchen sink and the horse he rode in on. Giddy synths coast above and duck between darting basslines. "Sanctified" is a growling brawler of a track, with gritty riffs, cascading squalls and possessed vocals. "Gladiator" rolls on crusty, yawning basslines, both strangulated and reinforced by filters. "Coming Up for Air," featuring vocalist Sarah Whittaker-Gilby, is one of those sultry, post-trance big room tracks perfectly geared for the U4IA-seeking set. Bulbous "Fuego 2," produced with Uberzone, has that acidic elasticity, while "Celeb," featuring MC Chickaboo, goes for grimy street cred. A trio of other tracks twitches and twinkles.
Groundbreaking? No. Ground shaking? Sure. All roads lead to Pilgremage as Mecca for breakbeat fans.
Rennie Pilgrem DJs at eleven50 Thurs., Aug. 26, 9 p.m. $10.
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