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90’s trance music and I never really got along. It’s like kryptonite to me. When I hear it I begin to bleed from every orifice. Bearing that in mind when I read the press release for this record I had the fear but simultaneously a burning curiosity which has now been satisfied.
Remember that Evol ‘Rave Slime’ 12” on Alku that peeled back hardcore and techno to study the Roland Juno Alpha synthesizer sound called "What The?" better known as “The Hoover”. Well this record works on a similar Principal deconstructing trance to its very core resulting in a study of rave euphoria through sound.
The machine responsible in this case is the JP8000 Roland Digital -Analog Modeled S-Source- Synthesizer. The five tracks are created on this single piece of equipment and recorded in one take. They embrace the structure of trance through the key changes, the peaks, troughs and the longing sense of optimism. You get the feeling a big snare rush is going to arrive as each track is like a massive build up to a kick drum slamming in. It fully embraces the feeling of tension and release, epic chord progressions, that uplifting feeling and yet it never really gets there as it is a constant tease. Stripped of many of the cheesy elements and beats it remains playful and has something that’s quite appealing.
Maybe I do like trance but just didn’t know it? I think it’s more a case of enjoying minimal electronic music and although it’s minimal it’s anything but simple. The jellied trainer on the sleeve has a drug induced hallucinatory feel to it too which really suits the audio. Very likeable as somehow it does feel like a little guilty pleasure.
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