“Vernor Vinge” is an exclusive 12-inch release by Benbecula featuring their artist Christ. The artist in question (still bizarrely named) is definitely one of Benbecula’s strongest shining stars and let there be no doubt that it is well deserved! Christ’s output this far has been outstanding and his status as recording artist is beyond being well cemented. “Vernor Vinge” is a collection of four of Christ’s productions and although they all demonstrated fine production indeed they’re all forged in the same mould and that makes them kind of generic and that includes the remixes as well. Sure, the warm fuzzy analogue feeling is present, but the excellent intricacy and solitude of the “Pylonesque EP” is not really there. Christ is undoubtedly a very talented electronic musician, helas this is not his strongest work. Nevertheless it’s good soothing electronic music produced and released in 2006 on 12-inch vinyl at that, by the uninhibited Benbecula, and that’s got to count for something, right?
“Seeing and Doing” is it a Benbecula surprise? Not really, since we’re talking about the latest Christ release. “Seeing and Doing” is a lovely release (Incidentally I’m the proud owner of a copy of Christ’s beautiful Polynesque EP and still looking for a copy of his first full-length album.). The EP is comprised of 1 + 4 tracks, starting off with a mood-setting intro directly on to the piece de resistance “Marsh of Epidemics” a brilliant track with plentiful synthesized atmosphere, fairly cold, dry and fused with a superb analogue bassline and then there’s the minimal beat… very hard, crafted with surgical precision and quite excellently combined with the rest of the elements. “Marsh of Epidemics” is a track that flows on relentlessly and causes an instant replay by reflex. The latest Christ release and the remaining tracks reveal the work of a very talented contemporary musician, but let it be said “Marsh of Epidemics” completely steals the show and hence the 1 + 4. Benbecula’s series usually are not that high-numbered so get in there while you still can!
Wicked stuff from Christ on the benbecula label. This, the latest seven-track EP entitled “pylonesque ep”, is a structured piece of work, very much on the down-tempo side of things and with a melancholic touch. Starting of with “dream of the endless”, a track that compels you to listen and making it impossible to miss the unique soundings of the strangely named artist in question. Beats, bass accompanied by among other things what could very well be a gently treated guitar. A tempo change creates a dramatic effect in this down-tempo track with an abundance of sounds. It is followed by “arctica”, a short beat-less track with a fitting vocal sample that works as an interlude and connects the first and third track nicely. The third track “spengly bendly” features massive bassline alongside echoed distinct percussions and chorus sounds out of this world, the carefully crafted beats builds the track and pushes it forward, it is hypnotising and extremely beautiful. I can’t say I ever heard anything quite like it. It is simply brilliant! “pylonesque” features a rather interesting choice of sound for building the melody. Does it work? The answer is, yes it does, another good minimal track on this intriguing circular piece of plastic. First engraved on the b-side is “fantastic light” and what a fitting track title it is, it is like watching the sun shining through heavily clouded skies and thereby creating a mood change in the overall sound picture. It is followed by “perlandine friday” featuring more of those strong melodies and reinforcing the mood change. The EP is concluded by “absolom (for lucy)”, a track with light treading beats, clear and distinct vocal samples and melody. It is striking how well the tracks fit together and Christ’s “pylonesque ep” is clearly benefited by a continuous and sequential play. The conclusion: a really nice benbecula release.