Ed Okin Can't Sleep
Science Cult Records
TBR: 16th October
This latest release has been created by the highly desirable The Wall Studios technician and fore-runner for the Days Of Being Wild label. Known for having himself arms deep in the music scene, with fingers on the buttons, this newest offering focusses the whole point into 2 sonic blasters and two mirror image reflections distorted by Zillas On Acid and Club Tularosa. Be prepared to examine and enjoy the intelligently designed and long-awaited Ed Okin Can't Sleep.
Jeff Goldblum fans will know what this is talking about. The title track opens with a deep and melodic bass that seems to serve into wah like a guitar. Drums kick in with a smart bass, snare, nd hat combo that rings and bumps in all the right places. Throbs of drum add a break as melodic keyboard overlaps the bass-line adding harmonies to the chugging riffs. Then, as the music swells again, an arpeggio style keyboard fill is thrust into the centre-spot as heavy kick bass shoves the pace onward. Harmonising black-notes then add a peculiar angle to the frantic composition that loops and revolves relentlessly until it closes at the half-way mark. What's going on? The silence brews with all the familiar sonics until a new level of danceable forward motion is unveiled.
Next, a groovy synth melody snakes out in a hypnotic dance. As the tune weaves forward in nibbles of space, drums build and on their percussive stair appears a deep saw bass. It buzzes and exerts force as the tones take the staircase into the beyond. New layers of melody spread over in smooth harmonious drags which glisten and tingle on the pattern shifts within. This is J in G Minor. It's full of retro-gliserine which pangs with absolute authority as the modern level mixing brings out all the parts exactly as they were meant to be. With lead keyboard sections that vibrate along crisp drums and powerful rhythm sections that reverberate with catch and hook, this number takes the floor by force.
Ed Okin Can't Sleep gets a remix by Zillas On Acid. A rampaging bass motif pushes onward to the sound of clattering drums that roll and stumble in well-timed progressions. The revolving melodic undertow brings out a hypnosis and driving force as dancing subtlety manifests as chirruping synth blasts and exquisite drum fills. It changes gear and a blipping bass keeps the revs at a steady pace. Now the framework is zipping by at a faster pace as lamp-posts and fences glide by on icy kinesis. On we travel into voluptuous green hills which gauge our engines as the inclines steepen.
The final track gives us a remix of J in G Minor. This Club Tularosa Resistance Mix breaks in with an attention grabbing rhythm that builds with drums and bass until a synthesiser bass begins to dig the groove. Rhythmic pulses on the instrumentation bounce in spongy trenches that scoop with musical voracity. Build-ups and pressure rises keep the motivation up in the air like updraughts of thermal energy. Bubbles and surface tension become part of the process, now the light is clearer and the pace wants us to explore the next dimension.
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