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Scaffolding, State of Constant Reverie [Plastic Sound Supply – PSS023, 2014]

April 13th, 2014 Comments off

pss023_300‘State of Constant Reverie’ is Plastic Sound Supply co-founder and contributing artist Scaffolding’s ninth release for the friendly label. The EP stretches five tracks long and the obvious thing to point out would be the choice to cover the jazz standard and classic ‘My Funny Valentine’ a song that has already been covered numerous times since 1937 when it was first published by the American song-writing duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

The opening track ‘Child’ is a classic take on the warm-sounding non-vocal electronic music that has been written about here the past years and given that more than a decade has passed, it seems natural that the possible references are and would be numerous. What is equally apparent is the workmanship and beauty of the production. The exact same thing can be said about the second track called ‘Light’ that follows tightly upon ‘Child’.

Tracks three to five are versions of ‘My Funny Valentine’, a track covered by among others: Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Chaka Khan. The two first I can immediately relate too, the third I do know, but there’s never been much spinning of ol’ blue eyes’ tracks in my life. Chaka Khan – well what do you know.

My suspicion towards covers has always been deep and generally I simply do not like them, however, in reality that is nothing less than a ridiculous statement… for one thing one of my all-time favourite tracks (if not my all-time favourite) is John Coltrane’s take on ‘My Favourite Things’ and it is with out a doubt a cover. On top of that let’s not forget the songs that I cherish now that I possibly do not even know are covers to begin with.

The original ‘My Funny Valentine’ version on this release made me think of something that Jamie Lidell and possibly Jimi Tenor were/are “experimenting” with as far as the vocal elements go. Choosing between the two remixes I will single out the CacheFlowe Remix simply because it is the one I prefer musically. David Last’s remix is as competent and runs in a softer yet familiar house environment. They all underline the ingenious plan to include remixes in a release to begin with, at least if you like theme and variation.

At first I was concerned that a PSS release in 2014 would include a track that has (reportedly*) been previously released on 1300 albums and performed by over 600 artists. But, I guess that a good track is and will remain a good track and Scaffolding’s ‘State of Constant Reverie’ take on a classic doesn’t disappoint. The artwork and presentation a perfect match to this well executed release.

Preview and download at: Scaffolding, State of Constant Reverie EP.
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* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Funny_Valentine

Iuengliss, Down Cosm EP [Plastic Sound Supply – PSS022, 2014]

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

pss022_300Iuengliss returns to the continually friendly Denver based ‘Plastic Sound Supply’ label with the excellent ‘Down Cosm EP’. Iuengliss’ debut album on the same label was entitled ‘Blank Matter’ and it was favorably received here at resurface.se.

The ’Down Cosm EP’ has everything anyone could ever want from a follow-up. My favorite track is: ‘Descent’ and it is fourth in line. That said it is a very subjective thing and would be related to bass.

There are so many well executed ideas on this EP/LP/Album (the denomination is increasingly funny: LP (Long Play), EP (Extended Play) and Album are all related to vinyl, but what do they signify in our digital today? Oh, well that is another topic all together.)

The ‘Down Cosm EP’ is well-produced, contemporary, exciting and all-around interesting electronic music! I have great hopes for 2014 and I for one could not wish for a better start; Iuengliss ‘Down Cosm EP’ on Plastic Sound Supply.

And yes, I need to mention the equally excellent bonus remixes by: Scaffolding (Remix.) What can you say? Forest Cycle Baum (There’s nothing wrong with being empowered by the Funcken Bros.) Oh my this is good! It is a fine line… Downfall (As broken as it is sweet.) We like it! And Rapid Eye (A proper remix.) is just excellent.

Preview and download at: Iuengliss, Down Cosm EP.
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Esoteric Sob, Nostalgia [33 Recordings – 33REC061, 2012]

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

33rec061_300Time and promise… I imagine that I used to have more time and I’ve always tried not to make promises that I cannot keep. I did make a promise in this particular case and since I did do so I do have to honor that promise.

The artist ‘Esoteric Sob’ is known to me, like the excellent ‘Abnormal Psychology’ album from the Greek label ‘From a Tree’ is as excellent as it is overlooked and I should have written something about it then too.

‘Nostalgia’ on 33 Recordings is in short sublime and if you ever cared for ‘electronica’ or beautiful electronic music in general then you will like this album.

On to the actual album ‘Nostalgia’: the first track ‘Hypnosis’ is just that, hypnotic, warm and complex. More complexity follows in ‘Lost in Time’ and then a theme and it is just brilliant ‘Memories’, which is probably my favorite track on this album, a track that has everything.

However the main-titled ‘Nostalgia’ doesn’t fall far behind and it is all non-vocal electronic music. You do get some vocals as well in ‘Everyday Stories’ and in the interlude track ‘Speak to me’. The beats and production on ‘Sweet melancholy’ are better than I heard in a long time, and that is nothing but a treat!

Naono, Sleepy Pebbles [Archaic Horizon – AH038, 2010]

April 28th, 2012 Comments off

Since the ‘Vibrant Music’ label always has been a favorite of mine and since Naono has been heavily involved in the very same label from the start. This 2010 Archaic Horizon release enticed great hopes when I found it and let me tell you straight away it does not disappoint!

For even more cross-reference it was actually Ten And Tracer’s ‘You’ll Be A Hero Soon, Speaker’ that directed my attention to the label in the first place unknown to me up till then. Furthermore both Milieu (who’s fantastic ‘A Warm Wooden Hollow’ 2008 album on Infraction has yet to be written about here) as well as Electricwest have releases on the very same label.

‘Sleepy Pebbles’ is excellent in it’s entirety, it’s lush, programmed and executed with expertise. It’s hard to comprehend that a full 8 years have passed since Naono’s debut ‘Slope Drifting’ was released on the aforementioned Vibrant Music.

In total there are 7 beautiful tracks on ‘Sleepy Pebbles’ which by the way has cover art to match the musical quality. The album starts off with ‘Healing Process’ in a as soothing as it is well sounding mood. It flows on towards ‘Hobo The Hermit’, which is filled with rich texture as well as structure (beats). ‘Ocean Tapes’ is liquid and contains some perfectly devised watery samples. Apart from being a really good title ‘Random Lullabies’ features more of the warmth and lushness demonstrated thus far. ‘Sellotape Unicorn’ is my favorite track the percussion, bass, dub elements and down toned drama is simply sublime. ‘Tender Telescope’ and ‘Untitled Merrow’ conclude this excellent release by Naono.

And then you play ‘Sellotape Unicorn’ just one more time, especially if you happen to be on a headphone commute. Available at the Archaic Horizon label site.

Aitänna77, Night Loops [Test Tube – tube246, 2012]

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Aitänna77 is far from being a stranger here at resurface and it’s lovely to once again encounter his musical output. This time around on the (by the look of things unstoppable) Portuguese Test Tube net label, currently racking up 247 something releases the past 8 years or so. ‘Night Loops’ is number 246 and it is an in all aspects excellent four track release; featuring the patented quirky little melodies, the varied instrumentation, the electronics and the skilfully treated lo-fi production. The tale-tell chimes in ‘Empty Pool, Summer Girl’ and you simply have to love the outrageous bass line and aggressive hand-clap featured in ‘Dreams Or Memories’. It is a delicate as it is excellent! Available at the Test Tube label site.

Inigo Kennedy, Walls Have Fears [Asymmetric – ASY MP3 021, 2012]

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

On ‘Walls Have Fears’ we hear Inigo Kennedy pursuing the path struck in his early 2011 ‘Distant Circles‘ release. As expected it’s well-produced, clever electronic music that is decidedly and firmly rooted in Techno. Very big drums, yet delicate and always with the unmistakable IK touch. ‘Cautum’, ‘Squirkle’, ‘Sentinel Four’, ‘Nocturnal’ and ‘Speechless (feat. Laska)’ all possess the aforementioned qualities. The big drums in ‘Cautum’, ‘Squirkle’, ‘Sentinel Four’, the distinct hand-clap in Nocturnal’ or the delicately constructed beats and accompanied vocals in the concluding and mellow ‘Speechless (feat. Laska)’. This is an excellent techno release complete with a funny title and a down-tempo number as conclusion. It is readily available in digital format at the Inigo Kennedy run Asymmetric label site.

C.DB.SN + Scaffolding, Covalent States [Plastic Sound Supply – PSS013, 2011]

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Another offering from the friendly ‘Plastic Sound Supply’ label operating out of Denver, Colorado in the USA. ‘Covalent States’ is a four track release featuring two artists. One of them is closely associated with PSS, namely Scaffolding, who was featured alongside Heft on the very first PSS release ‘We Will Diminish’ in 2008. ‘Covalent States’ is a nice sounding and rather traditional take on electronic music, and time-less in a sense because it could have been made a couple years ago, making it somewhat generic. That being said you do get solid musical workmanship, nice melodies and ample of bass. Keeping it short: it is a nice listen and it’s available at the Plastic Sound Supply label site.

Polestar, End of an Era [Boltfish Recordings – BOLTDIGI017, 2010]

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

Reportedly ‘End of an Era’ is Jon Elliott last release using the name Polestar and given that his first release ‘Camplex EP’ on Boltfish Recordings was reviewed in 2005.

It now only seems as fitting as it is sad that Polestar’s last release also is a Boltfish one. At the time of his debut release I wrote the following among other things:

‘The flawless programming of beats, lush sounds, heaps of that all important bass and the overall warmth characterising this particular label’s sound is demonstrated to the fullest by Polestar on this his four-track debut release.’

The exact same thing could be said of the six tracks on ‘End of an Era’ that represents the closing chapter of the musical acquaintance that has been: Polestar.

Deadbeat, Drawn and Quartered [BLKRTZ – BLKRTZ001, 2011]

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

‘Drawn and Quartered’ sees Deadbeat returning in form on his newly started BLKTRZ label.

The four-track album is packed with e-dub of the highest order and the production techniques are perfected. The tracks are all generously stretched to the 10 minute marker and beyond.

Like I’ve said many times in the past, some like it and some don’t. I think it’s simply masterful!

Plakto, The Ninth Snail [El-Ljud – ELJD010, 2007]

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

The Swedish based net label El-Ljud tenth release was Plakto’s ‘The Ninth Snail’ and it preceded the excellent thirteenth release ‘Soul’d Out’ by the same artist.

The categorisation is solid E-dub, excellent production and plenty of bass to go around. The 8 tracks on ‘The Ninth Snail’ are a treat and there’s enough complexity for a truly enjoyable and recurring listen. Did I mention the ample amounts of bass, fused with the exact amount of glitch and echo?

‘The Ninth Snail’ starts off exactly like described above; ‘Western Flab’ has a hypnotic bassline and excellent melody. In short a great track. ‘Misplaced Mom’ and ‘The Reset Chair’ are somewhat dubbier in nature, in the classical sense; ‘Artificial Cherry’ is short but sweet, whereas ‘Hypnotoad’ and ‘Satanic Cat Standard’ combine the bass content with some definite techno treatment. To summarise the 8 tracks on ‘The Ninth Snail’ all leave you feeling warm inside and wanting to play them again.

It is an excellent album and the workmanship of a truly talented producer. ‘The Ninth Snail’ and 13 other interesting releases are available as download on the El-Ljud website. Get them now!