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Wowee. Right, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. There are two CDs in by Seas this week. This is number two and the newest. This is a long term collaboration between ambient heavyweights David Tagg and Brian Grainger (Milieu, etc) but in this project they’ve headed off into dub/ambient territory and have seemingly made an excellent job of it. Opener ‘Quinacridone Industries&r ...

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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 October 2012

Wowee. Right, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. There are two CDs in by Seas this week. This is number two and the newest. This is a long term collaboration between ambient heavyweights David Tagg and Brian Grainger (Milieu, etc) but in this project they’ve headed off into dub/ambient territory and have seemingly made an excellent job of it.

Opener ‘Quinacridone Industries’ is deep dark dub techno with that signature sound you’ll know and love if the likes of Basic Channel and Deepchord have whetted your whistle over the last few years. What impresses me about the sound that they have arrived at is that it’s deep and solid, a mile away from the sometime sterile clickiness that can mar this genre. The beats have obviously been stressed over for years and each sound has its place within the atmospheric brew.

It has a jittery, edgy late night vibe to it, sitting perfectly at the junction where 4/4 dancefloor dub meets early hours home listening. ‘Everglades’ recalls Wolfgang Voigt’s seminal Gas project but elsewhere the sound is less minimal with brooding dubby synths on top of hissy atmospherics, dark ambience and eerie background melodies. Exceptionally good stuff which deserves a place amongst dub techno royalty.


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