Loveless/Hatchelt, The Tandem Series 3 [Boltfish Recordings – BOLT028, 2006]

tandemseries_03Two new debuts for Boltfish that goes by the name: Loveless and Hatchelt. On what is the third instalment in a series of split releases aptly entitled “The Tandem Series”. The concept is simple enough two artists co-habiting the same release. Loveless’ “Luh” does not hide the influences and the distorted carpet of sounds can only have one association really: BOAC. “I am John’s Memory” progresses along the same line slowly and well put together, a track that got some grit to the hip-hop derived beats creating a quite sinister atmosphere. The same can be said about “Arms of Chain” and the ending track “Leave Recorded”, they’re all good tracks and however they undeniably carry that unmistakeably Engländer group reference. Second from the end you’ll find “Monday” a track that has a setting that differs altogether and is reminiscent of the work of grossly underrated Icarus, complex beats, earthshaking subbass, strings and slightly distorted sonic picture creating an excellent atmosphere. “Monday” would be my personal Loveless’ favourite. The other artist contributing to this split goes by the name of Hatchelt and the first offering is called “Sound28a” a down tempo track consisting of gently played piano fused with feather-light beats. “Faith” features straight-forward beats, piano, bass (the electrically powered stringed instrument one) fused with vocal sample of unknown origin. Changing direction in “Notsad” (which is always nice to hear) a track that could very well have been made by the prolific artist Melodium of French Autres Directions in Music fame. Ending Hatchelt’s part of the “The Tandem Series” is “Do Whatever You Can” is beatless, filled with lush strings, delicate chimes and sweet melody played with the same kind of delicacy. It’s BOLT028 and you know you should investigate.