Audiophile Deep Records
TBR: 21st February
Audiophile Deep regular Lewis Beck returns to the label with a smashing new single. Talk is billed as a run-down of all the techniques and styles that make the artist's catalogue of production skill. Taking time to remember the happy faces on eclectic and universally accepting dance-floors around the globe, the music not only explores unknown avenues it also sticks to the rules. Finding the fulcrum in the mix between creativity and predictability is something Lewis Beck knows how to do and with Talk the fact is driven home even further.
It begins with a really catchy snare and kick beat that's warmed up by a slice of high-hat. Polyphonic synthesiser tones mingle in bass-end gestures of movement. Lyrics begin, male and vocoded to a small degree, the voice half whispers and half sings a delicately placed verse. The music overtakes for a few bars, giving rise to bubbling synths that rise and fall. After a second verse, the electronic music riff builds again and is joined by an energetic accompaniment. The pitch-bending whistle jigs on shifting scale positions while the drums keep everything rising evenly. The formula is drawn back to the start, lyrics wash over again to symbolise the beginning of the phrase. As the music progresses once more, an extra bass-synth is squelched in to elevate another side of the music. The composition rises again and uses all of the previous high-points to build a culmination of intention.
The B-side is a Damon Jee Remix of the same track. It begins with a more minimal direction. Sleek and pressurised cymbals shimmer in a steady tempo while ambient background noises rumble and hum beneath. A gradual influx of amplitude works up to the vocal-line which in its stripped down surroundings becomes a lot more crisp and effervescent. A solitary bass pluck symbolises the updraught and as the second verse spills out a symphonic drone builds in dreamy shakes of sound. A bass and drum break opens the music for a spacious volley. Again the vocal is added yet this time it's been sampled and is allowed to echo into obscure reverb. A guitar stroke glissandos through treble-rich strings, building a subtle melody in the after-burn. A new synthesiser is allowed to build, pulsations of driving sound swell and coil in strange wildernesses encapsulated by persistent and simple drums.
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