Delta V EP
Insult To Injury Records
TBR: 3rd May
One half of Apollo View, Tom Coveney aka Thomaas Banks, has worked with Insult To Injury before. This time he revisits the new yet already established dance label with companion in sound, Jon-Mark. Together, this duo start by creating bouncing retro-tastic tunes that reach back way into the 90s. The debut record by this pairing from heaven holds two originals plus re-workings by other luminaries in the field.
Snappy catchy drums open IV, the first number on the record. They loop inward, giving rise to a crazy lazer-synth which opens out a whole new world of sound and rhythm. New percussion is layered in before it breaks down again to let a leading melody create a space-age feel in the atmosphere. Spongy bass kicks in, rounding off the edges and giving a lot more depth to the mix. It all culminates, then a gear change brings in piano chords with strings to accompany them. Whistling notes rise into the air giving a skyward sensation before that splodgey bass-line starts again. New layers of rhythm bring new synth tones which add a sense of transparency to the music. Inner workings of machinery and magical happenings are revealed, if only for a moment. Continual evolution and branching out makes the track highly interesting and completely submersive.
Second track II starts on a mangled melody. More dancing drums are added, this time with a far reaching reverb on one of the snares. Astral garden sounds like a koto on the moon breaks open a new melody, reminiscent of Pink Floyd, while a delicious vocal sample rings out with subtle distortion. Robotic industrial rhythms on deep scratchy plates create a submelody underneath, bass line crunches and sonic grabs aplenty. It boils down, gives rise to distant effervescent pads that become a lilly-pad for an extension of the sample. It ends on a progressive throbbing bass which shifts the energy of the piece from one side to another. Full-on dancing energy keeps it punchy and forward facing.
Third up is a remix by Logtoad. Resonant beats swing across wide stereo landscapes which build up with new layers with equally as long arms. Melody in percussion builds an intent from the music that raises the pressure in the halls. This rendition on IV takes the original and throws up all the levels. New sculpted edges to the sound-craft bring on deep chasms of waveform that roar with digital aggression. Heavy bass merges with drum to give a buoyant layering that soon becomes a mattress for airy yet darkly synthesiser pad tones. Frantic drunk piano replaces the scene, it eventually builds in intensity and with the help of great drum loops, chucks the whole track into the next dimension. With equal evolution yet a completely new style of delivery, this track stands out as a successful dance experiment.
Frantic and jagged drums start the final track. A wobbling bass pulsated in the distance while synths and sounds build an atmosphere of intense directions. Broken loops and electronic distortions culminated in a thick and fiery tube of sound. Drums, bass, and effect throw themselves together in a pile and someone kicks it over the goalposts. Another element is gleaned and added as the vocal sample adds a flavour of humanity on the otherwise techno heavy track. Drumming and dub-step like sonics make an exciting edge that really holds on while the roller-coaster of tempo drags us around the circuit. Violet's remix of II is a great underground anthem.
Momentous moves ahead with Apollo View Delta V in the DJ bags of dance instigators the world over.
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