Activation / Pressure
TBR: 12th October
Walking in the huge groove recently ploughed through the field of DEXT by Bodyjack's Natajara EP, Lo Shea makes this 11th label issue a fortification. Having released on the label in the early days, friends of the DEXT music scene will be really glad to see them back. Dabbling with productions on 17 Steps and Rekids, this early pioneer comes home to make the beds, cook a meal, and serve it on china.
Already something special, the bass and hat double timed intro zaps the mind into a dancing position. As wobbling bass tones and ceiling high hand claps bring a new level of energy, it only takes a few bars before the major intensity brings to the boil. Ghostly wails from a synthesised vocal spans across the audible spectrum from left to right and from in to out of the three dimensional space.
A consistent and pushy drumbeat ensures that the dreamy sensations of the synthesiser don't capture us and pull us out of phase. Before it becomes apparent that we're caught in a high speed dance track, a new tempo from a rolling snare pushes us into the next gear. Frantic and fabulous, energy on the maximum setting, plenty of fuel is needed for this seven minute thomper. Activation truly activates the body. It culminates in whistling effects and melody which hum and drone over the massive drum-fill which revolves in its mapped out and evolving path.
Pressure regains some kind of grounding after a high-flight into the cloudy abyss. A drum and bass backdrop crafts a cavern into the wall of silence then makes way for organic and resonant drums to create a granular compress of rhythm. Heavy handed bass synths push their melodics deep into the sound, they vibrate and resonate like plucked strings yet with a digital finesse the experience is eerily accurate to tone.
Shadowy material from the basement of Lo Shea's musical capability sounds as good as the records from the dusty lofts. As the effects on the synth tones swirl on swerve the output, spaces are crafted for subtle volleys of new sounding additions to the mix. These gradually build and progress into metamorphic orchestral compositions. The track strips down to a minimum section briefly, before the tide build in the background and prepares for the back surge. A bass drone pierces the ground underfoot with a vibrant and solid energy as the drum loop gives its final flux.
Here's a video of Lights Plant Action by Lo Shea from 2014.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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