syntax, funny additional characters and acronyms. So, the A-side is called “F.I.R.” (and
nobody knows, what it stands for. If you just read it as a word, it makes a cool sound, though.
Just as if you would get a ruler to vibrate and pull it over the desk), while the flip is entitled
Second: it clarifies something about its creator. &ME is non of those bouncing show-offs that
would forget to play the next record in a club, just because he is so busy with pointing both
forefingers at himself all the time. &ME is the type of guy that would coproduce stuff for
Hell, Lotterboys/-girls or Terranova without really taking so much credit for it. We say: cut it!
Days of modesty are over.
“F.I.R.” is the essence of everything &ME stands for, a true and flawless peaktime-beauty. It
joins his intuition for stringency in structure, his sensibility for a sophisticated and safe walk
over the shaky bridge from House to Pop, the precision of laying out a track to be
unmistakably danceable, but not intrusive and last not least his ability to pitch a female vocal-
sample to let it sound like a Rick Astley-outtake. Safe to say, that this might be his sweetest
work so far.
“+++” on the other hand appears to be some tricky chicanery. It starts like a lot of B-sides
start, as a reduced space for little reflexive experiments, or however it is whitewashed when a
track just isn’t that spectacular. But then, there is a kickdrum-monster arising out of this housy
self reflection, a monster, that grabs some percussions and vocalsamples as companions and
culminates into a massive break, thfor sure no pending questions.