Everyday Diamonds EP
Insult To Injury Records
TBR: 30th July
This reputable branch of the Ransom Note Records tree, backed up by Timothy Clerkin, is ready to release the next YOKOCHO record. The Insult To Injury roster is growing month by month, demonstrating the best in lo-fi and nostalgic cuts. This latest number is produced by Antwerp based YOKOCHO who aptly wears the New Beat crown with more style than most.
Synthesiser and samples open in euphoric phrases of melody and drum. Uplifting tunes merge with dreamy drum-fills and a slow meander of progression unravels. Bass hits at the right moment as the drums rise in power. The synthesiser chords bring out a bedrock for whistle and chimed melody. Landscapes of backdrop run past in the flow of the rhythm and new elements of music present as lodestars in the journey. Everyday Diamonds lifts up the emotions and fuels a passion for movement that suits the club.
Data follows, and it's got a more sinister introduction. Choppy bass oscillates and peers through intense beats. Forms of scale jostle into place through the fulcrum of rhythm created by snare, bass, and snappy hats. Synthesiser rolls by with twinkling and distant melodics that serve to lift the energy through ambient shadows. Industrial beats and a powerful mysterious atmosphere shift through subtle dimensions of theatrical delivery.
Deep tribal style drums bash out with tom-toms and bells as a twanged bass begins to pluck a steady progression. The moving melodies repeat in short circular movements and extra synthesiser fills it out. A bass-line plunges in like a diver which splashes into the river of sound. New manoeuvres lift the flow into a new level as choppy and rhythmic bass tones smash down on the drum. Sonic effects glisten and swirl like wisps on hilltop lookouts as the chunky and sudden impulse of bass continues to pounce. Other Side Of The Mirror breaks into spectral melody and warped sounds as a tasty surprise in between the throbbing bass.
Next is See You There. It beings quietly, and a graceful current of swirling flow rises with birdsong and ethereal tones. A smooth sensation of gladness dreams with clarity and abstract intention as the tones lift and grow like greenhouse tomatoes. The glistening sonics merge with subtle distortions that fold the music into tiny concertinas that ripple and glide through the imaginary sounds. The EP finishes with a remix of its title number, Everyday Diamonds, by Timothy Clerkin. It brings the heavenly atmosphere to a new dimension with frantic drumming and throbbing party bass. A drum and bass tonic is thrown down the hatch and the music easily adapts to the new direction. Fast and uplifting rhythms mingle with evocative and dramatised dynamic compositions.
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