Thursday, 11 September 2014

Sattva Ananda 'Breakdancing Jellyfish' Review

Artist: Sattva Ananda

Title: Breakdancing Jellyfish

Label: Party Time Society

Released: 1st September

Sattva Ananda is someone I know relatively little about, other than he hails from Sante Fe and is one half of Chase The Lazer, along with Amani Friend of the Desert Dwellers. With the promotional literature describing this E.P. as the darker side of temple bass and having nothing to lose except time I didn't see any reason not to have a listen.

The release begins with the title (which I found quite appealing in it's own right) track. The piece itself doesn't include any acoustics and didn't strike me as eastern at all really. I found it more like instrumental 80's european synth-pop squeezed through a mangle along with some bass. It's different but still it's downtempo and not unpleasant to the ear.

This is followed by 'Honig' which is more psy orientated than the opening track with a trip-hop'ish vocal that is released in spurts and toyed with on route. For me they seemed like two entities that didn't really connect until the latter half of the track but I also suspect that may have been the intention?

Two tracks in and I was feeling like I wasn't really getting 100% behind this release but 'Counter Swerve' rescued my interest somewhat. It's a down-tempo bass affair, balancing gritty and heavenly sounds with a drive behind it, that would work well to entice headnodders on to the dancefloor early doors. This is followed by 'Counter Counter Swerve' which drops the bass to a even lower frequency and starts with a more chilled atmosphere. However, it's not long before this version gets gritty and lo and behold the eastern percussion arrives.

This combo is continued with 'Chiznickens' which starts with an ambient atmosphere before dropping a phat bass and a soothing female vocal. This is the most eastern orientated track so far and layers more and more sounds the deeper you dive into the track. Yet still maintains the ambient atmosphere in the background. I can see this one being a grower.

The final track 'Reflections' travels even further to the east with Arabic lyrics and dubbed out sitar strings which seem to transcend out into the ether. The temple has definitely connected with the bass and sees the album out in a chilled fashion.

Review by Woodzee


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