Deep Sea Frequency Records
TBR: April 13th
Time Spent Away With You has launched DJ Seinfeld into a world of his own, and after completing remix tracks with names like Pendulum and Omar Souleyman, it's time for a new release. Sakura has an amazing cover image of a distant future world with a red brown desert and an orange last chapter star. Digital grids and a sphere mark the electronic direction of this otherwise space orientated and almost psychedelic release. Sakura cherry petals lay on the image, as if an offering to the spirits within the tunes.
IT opens with an elastic bass tone which with retro style digs deep into resounding pits of well timed tone. Melodics from the under-section are dropped as far as they can while a simple and repetitive tempo is kept up with by a high-hat/snare quick step and roll. Suddenly the mid enters with piercing and dynamic melodies which although formulate a chillstep resonance, the overall picture is really unique. Ambient drifts of digitised tone dwindle over the energetic rhythm until all that's left is the bass drum and the hi-hat/snare.
A fade to silence marks part two, and after the title track the mood is set for fun and lively synthesised grooves. Sagrada starts with a hollow sounding pulse and some slap drums which begin to plot out a melody. Shakers add sprinkle to the catchy tempo and the next phase begins as glassy bells start to twinkle in the distance. Throbs of deliciously obese bass knead an even path through the finery and it's tail-gated by sultry vocals and synthesiser cosmications. It breaks down to a simple stone beat melody and remains calm in its potential for a brief section before the bass draws down the sound from its lofty hiding places.
Shuffling distortions begin to rev the room once more as a swirling twist of sound revolves around the solid tempo to celebrate the entrance of the third number As Belvedere enters its main section, bouncy water reflected notes cast a mysterious composition over the grabbing and insistent beats which pin it all together. More vocals give clarity albeit in monosyllabic expressions of suave. A clever breakdown of course is a necessity in these situations, and we're not left wanting. A silky melody continues the thread while volumes disintegrate into gentleness. The pressure rises and the snappy drums kick back into their sitting position while a combination of all the flavours reveals itself in a juicy earful.
We are treated to a bass and melody club sandwich in the final number, Battery pulls out the royal flush to complete this obviously well constructed EP. A capacious under-section builds huge foundations of waveform for intricate patterns of melody to swim through. Euphonic polarities jingle on either side of a well balanced fulcrum which holds all the power as it remains focussed and calm. Like the eye of the storm, in a heavy weather vessel we plunge onward into the synthesised universe of sound.
The EP thrusts itself into our awareness with amazing power yet holds back while communicating the subtle and equally as vital energies within. A clever transition between force and flow gives a dualistic edge to an otherwise forward facing and classically floor filling selection of unique mixes.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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