Graintable - Universal Ash - (Reinterpreted Universes EP) - Ransom Note Records | The Electro Review
(Reinterpreted Universes EP)
Ransom Note Records
Out 28th August
The iconic work of Jim Cooke's Graintable has been adapted for new audiences by some of the scene's most luminary names. Universal Ash is, in the words of the artist, where “real life shines through the cracks ….the cracks are opened up and put back together”. The original Universal Ash LP was a chapter defining artwork in the Graintable opus, and it gets a second run with these remixes. Fans of the re-designers will no doubt find their way into this artist.
We open on a strange drunken drone which warps and resonates into key with a quick synthesiser. Drums batch the companions together in a driving tempo while wandering bass begins to distinguish the lines in the road. Scratchy bubble sounds collide in the undertone which becomes a kind of vocalisation, albeit strange. Hologram Teen's Manhattan Skyline remix of Tea Forest takes us immediately into a realm of sound structure with evocative shapes.
Tidewater is next, and it's been remixed by Timothy Clerkin. It rattles into view on windy pipes that oscillate and chord along the tracks of a jumpy drum. More bubbling sounds scatter in the backdrop as pan-pipe sounds curdle in the warm summer air. Broken keys clamber along the chain-link fence in spider-like manoeuvres, spanning incredible distances as the speed of life seems to be accelerated. Melodic chimes and fast break-beat drumming reveal a dreamy corridor of endless society, gleaming in the multi-coloured spotlights.
Electronic blip bass opens the third number. It gallops along sidings that echo and reverberate. Cymbals are added, providing another layer to the gradual progression. New drums work themselves in before scattered digital tones bounce in trailing lines of scale. Images of sine waves conjure within the repeating motifs and sound patterns as the evolution grows under delicate lamps of chord. Minimal yet rich and multi-patterned, this Flug 8 remix of Dark Surface gives it such a sheen that we can almost see our faces in it.
The EP ends on FMMPC which is remixed by Coast2c. It starts with a thumping drum, somewhere in the back of our dream. Strange and dense tones start a mechanical amalgamation with hypnotic pressure building. Space-age whirs and science sounds beam and project along humming fields of power. These distort and push the sounds into an encapsulated orbiter while rhythmic sensations ride the shock-wave.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.