Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Audioglider 'Ocular Overkill' Review

Artist: Audioglider

Title: Ocular Overkill

Label: Section Records

Released: 27th June

This release a pre-cursor to the forthcoming album 'Subaquamarine' takes a slightly different direction from Audioglider's d├ębut on Section Records his 'Summer Rainstorm E.P.' (which in all fairness was a while ago now) but still manages to maintain the Balearic tinged sun kissed elements to his productions.

The original track is a lovely piece of melodic electronica with a slight retro feel to it, that lifts the spirits and is just perfect music for the beach. First up on re-mix duties is the labels head honcho Nick Brennan fresh of the back of the recent Tripswitch album 'Vagabond'. The lush intro adds some distinctive sounds you would associate with some of his earlier chill out releases. However, the piece transcends into a progressive house number you could easily mistake for an original. This is followed by Boston's progressive Chillwave due We Are All Astronauts whose atmospheric take chills it right down expertly. Certainly one I'd recommend for those hammock moments in the sunshine.

Reviewed by Woodzee


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Pitch Black 'Invisible Chatter'

Artist: Pitch Black

Title: Invisible Chatter

Label: Dubmission Records

Released: 8th July

Pitch Black return after a hiatus with their respective projects playing an intimate gig at Oslo in London on the 7th of July with DJ support from Radioactive Man dub set.

This is shortly followed by an appearance on the Tree House stage at Noisily Festival

This single a pre-cursor to their forthcoming new album features the vocals of Alison Evelyn and explores dual themes of invisible data and the earth raging against our use of the planet. There's a touch of an aboriginal feel that reverbs off the distinctive electro-dub flavours and to for me the vocal has somewhat of an early 90's feel to it (perhaps more of the latter subject matter) all in all it's not a bad track but hasn't really gripped me instantly like some of their previous material. Re-mixes of the single are provided by Canadian psy-dub producer Kaminanda who keeps the pace of the original and applies subtle touches rather than making major changes. While Digital Playground a new electronica act on the Kiwi music scene who begin in a dubby fashion before taking the piece off into a drum & bass direction.

Although I've got really into the recent releases of their solo projects I'm not totally sold on this. However, that said maybe fond memories are clouding my judgement it could well be a grower and I'm going to keep an open mind about the new album.

Reviewed by Woodzee