Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Vinyl and Digital Reviews: Echologist and Various Artists

The backdated reviews continue - splurge on the aural feasts provided by Steadfast Records and Poker Flat...


Echologist - Subterranean (Steadfast Records)
… the scapeside of Brendon Moeller

3.5 out of 5

‘Subterranean’ is an album that throbs, moving through bass-scapes with a wob-wob of subs and whisper of white noise to capture the emotive underground sentiment. It’s a slow burner for set breakdowns and bedroom philosophising, punctured with dub swells and an amalgamation of minimal, techno, ambient, IDM and deep house. The overall imagery summoned is that of pouring a cold glass of fizz; with building foam and pressure broken by dissipating bubbles - all at once chaotic and restrained by the nature of it’s structure. ‘Junkyard’ is an interesting highlight, like hearing dark, heavy techno from an adjacent building, and teasing with surfacing peaktimes.

Release date: 25th April 2011

V/A - Forward To The Past (Poker Flat)
…Modern takes on 20th century Chi-town

3 out of 5

Taking its cue from 90’s Chi-town jackin’ and acid house sounds, ‘Forward To The Past’ is the new compilation masterminded by Steve Bug. Featuring 12 tracks from the likes of Martin Landsky (tech-house minimal funk with ‘V2U’), TJ Kong & Modular K (the Chicago acid ‘Jack Shit’), Redshape (leaning heavier on techno and acidic bleeps on ‘Funny Green Hat (Altered mix)’) and of course Steve Bug, opening with ‘Jack is Back’, pushing pounding tech-house and heavy electronica. It’s a great compilation for Chicago jack fans, but there is some thematic similarity with International Deejay Gigolos CD Ten which is a little hard to ignore.

Release date: 4th April 2011

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