19th October 2020
Anyone with any inkling of the Psy-Chill scene will be aware of Sphongle the down-tempo project of Simon Posford and Raja Ram. A project that created a cult like following of their releases and live shows.
Jamie Grashion A.K.A. Cosmic Trigger is the latest addition to Twisted Records roster of artists. After working with mulitple artists as an engineer in Youth’s studio before becoming Simon Posford’s assistant. After impressing Simon with his work on the Red Rocks tour in 2019 he offered him the opportunity to re-mix some of their tracks.
This selection of six tracks begins with ‘I am You’, where he drops the spoken word of the original and instead places the focus on an ambient intro soom accompanied by a guitar loop. Before twisting the fx and bending the pitch and slowly but surely letting the track loose. At twice the length of the original it’s an interesting alternative that is extremely well produced. Next up is ‘Nothing is Something Worth Doing’ and where the original (as the title suggests) was one suitably designed for listening in a hammock. Jamie flips the coin adding a vibrancy without adding pace, whilst keeping the elements of the original.
Moving on to ‘No Stone Unturned’ while the folk like vocal is dropped and more up-to-date psychedelic style applied you can still feel the vibe of the original in the under current. On ‘How the Jellyfish jumped over the Mountain’ the original chilled intro led to bubbling fx, a bit of drive and that flamenco break. Here the brakes are applied and once again creates the polar opposite for the ears of the listener.
There is no change to this approach with ‘Juggling Molecules’ where the original started chilled and dropped once again, after the percussive crescendo. Here the percussion starts from the off, then hits harder until the finale where it all comes together in a spectacular fashion. The original ‘Aquatic Garden of Extra-Celestial Delights’ was a slow burner that covered some length. Here your instantly taken off on a melodic ride that’s highly enjoyable, before it drops hard, dark and suitably twisted, nothing short of pure excellence.
Reviewed by Woodzee