Nelson Of The East
Phase Alternating Lines (P.A.L) EP
TBR: 21st June
Since his inaugural EP only last year, Nelson Of The East returns with another ear blaster. This time the Milan based producer turns to 80s boogie to bring on the noise for the A-side and abstract house for the B. There's another treat, with a Fantastic Man remix of the second track making this a prime three mixes. Not only working on his own material, N.O.T.E. Has been working with other artists. Many names are still behind closed doors while the paperwork is done, and fans have already tasted the collaboration with Wayne Snow. The P.A.L. vinyl is limited to 300 pressings, making it a rare duplicate indeed. It's also going digital of course, and that's where you'll find the exclusive Fantastic Man version.
Phase Alternating Lines begins with a rhythmic saw sound, it buzzes in percussive tempo along a definite key-line. A snare and kick roll up and begin to play a sleek beat within the drip drone. As we progress into a moving relaxation the music takes us further in as a bassline forms around the frame. Chewy lines of slapped thickened steel give us a delicious run into a nostalgic arena. Synth-wave style melody rides in a Countach along with us for the ride, Italo melody rings out and touches euphoria as tom-tom drums crash through, the track builds on its parts to allow a gear-change again. Upbeat and uplifting, funky rhythm and soaring melody make P.A.L. A true party tune.
Next up is Burning Palm. The Nelson Of The East original is named the Voodoo Mix. It opens on bouncing tribal house drums that wobble and lap like subtle waves on a lake. As they revolve and push the energy up with each bar, new melody finds a home in the corners and crevices. Juicy tones and ethnic percussion merge with classic dub sounds and samples. Synthesiser washes through like a dye of musical intention. It gives a dreamy edge to the upbeat and almost frantic delivery. Rhythmic melody continues to play out in the drums while various instruments and synths make their voices heard with flurries and runs along their emotive vocabulary.
The Fantastic Man remix finalises the EP. It takes the initial rhythm and shows it some love with an effect. This brings out a different groove with its own flavour. Pulsing and revolving, the music is given a new edge when a sinister buzz synthesiser screams in like a wasp to the earhole. Like in nature, it's short lived and it's gone as soon as it appeared. They appear in bursts, searing our audioscope while they surge by to the rhythm of tribal fusion. Strange wobbling sounds underpin the spaces in between while stretchy strings craft gentle journeys through more subtle sonic topography.
Phase Alternating Lines EP was arranged with collaboration from Tartelet Records frontman Dirk 81 and was made in Geneva at Panalama Studios.
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