Fluke - Oto


Fluke were among the biggest names in UK progressive house in the early 1990s. As with their compatriots Leftfield and Underworld they began branching out into more radio-friendly breakbeat and trip hop as the middle of the decade approached. Oto (Greek for “ear”) is a rather brief album that captures them in transition. Bullet is the only real dance floor banger to be found here; most of the rest dwell in the murky depths of downbeat grooves with softly whispered vocals. Among these, Tosh and Cut emerge as stand-out tunes, but inasmuch as I am a huge fan of Fluke, this album struggles to arouse my usual enthusiasm. Their best work was simultaneously ahead and behind of them at this point, or simply secreted away on the many singles this album spawned.


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