Ransom Note Records
TBR: 24th May
Founder of Insult To Injury Records Timothy Clerkin is set to cameo on Ransom Note for their 19th release. This four track rave firewood selection is set to bring the Clerkin to dancehalls everywhere. Set to banging and let loose on the intellectual side of Tim's personality, the end product is a run down of intelligent, deep, and highly addictive anthems to the dance. Since the days of being a member of Eskimo Twin, Timothy Clerkin's career in the hall of musical fame has been well and truly cemented. Now he's here to stick around, it's about time we got to hear something new. That time has come.
With heavy hats and a thumping bass kick, the intro number starts off the party. Claps add a new layer of rhythm, an energy of approaching fun is in the air. Scratchy metallics wobble beneath as more metalwork fuses to the mix. Then, synth stabs bring on an icing of percussion that rounds off the cake. It breaks down into a funky bassline that swills and sloshes around the persistent percussion. The bassline forms a quicker motion, extra notes fill the spaces in the progression of tones. New elements of rhythm in the shape of clangy and snappy springs turns over the stir-fry, bringing fresh colours to the surface. Title track Unborn throws all the beats at us from every direction, it makes no excuses and expects none from us. Get up and move!
Primary Function begins with what sounds like a mangled cassette playing something that used to sound really great. It mutates into warped sonics that melt into something that really does sound good almost straight away. Then, new instruments fill the cosmos with organic feels and human touches. It slowly opens like a morning flower, reminiscent of Boards Of Canada's later work, a darkness and eerie edge glistens like mystical light over the natural surroundings. There is no fear however, just a sense of how we are merely a petal on the wind in comparison to the mechanics of the universe. Conscious and creepy, with a twinkling fire within keeping everyone safe, it progresses into rhythmic journeying. Melody and bass combine with the astral sounding array to reveal a wonderment of sonics.
Next up is a tubular digital rhythm. It bangs away on semi-organic drum skins and pipes while a wailing tone builds to bring a new melody. Upward facing pings climb a staircase in short spurts, every fourth beat is a little break. It gives a movable parts feel to the piece, one that allows us to dance in our own way. Piercing bass brings in a robotica sense to the mix, rhythm and machinery together give a flat surface before new synthesiser tones begin to paint a neat and methodical picture. Sequenced effects and melodic fills give a repeating element while continual shifts in how they're composed bring out many unique angles. Some Kind Of Threat is a fun and bouncy number, the title gives it a sense of edge which is masked by the fun and invigorating sonic display.
Akathisia starts with in your face hot to touch synthesiser tones. They smash a bright and vibrant melody that almost blinds us before it settles down to bring a tropical inspired rhythm on slightly distorted feels. Drums play a melodious rhythm that moves up and down like waves on the sea. This too peels over to reveal a clambering and sunny filling that flows from some central core outwards in all directions. Warm and fruity, the melody pushes us into a dynamic frenzy of dance. The music from before breaks open a new chapter before revealing another edge to its highly catchy arsenal of beats and sounds. Intricate and upskilled drumming reveals a clever and highly enjoyable edge to the shiny luminescent melodics.
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