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It’s Comic Relief!!! And your favorite zany Norman Records guys are doing their bit today. Li’l Biz is off sick with a bad back, MikeBot has dragged himself out of his sick bed, Ian is busy packing record after record and Phil’s nose is bright red!!! But only because he has blown his nose so much. I am about to have a sponsored nervous breakdown - all for charidee you understand. This is the last record I am bringing you before I join the fun and abseil off the top of Croydon House...without ropes.
This is by JD Emmanuel, a synth wizard from the early ‘80s whose “private press” records have been rediscovered over the intervening years. Actually I will scream if I see the words “private press” one more time...Is it not just other words for no label was interested so they had to press them up themselves? Anyway here, The Great Pop Supplement side label Deep Distance has pressed up some ‘90s recordings that Emmanuel recorded whilst travelling around. Therefore it has all been done on laptops and sequencers rather than the synths-the-size-of-Blackburn that will have been used back in the day.
Still, what you get is lush synth compositions that seemingly without trying take you off into another world. There’s a soothing element to the compositions despite the wibblyness of the melody lines and any worries about a harsh digitized sound are nulled buy the soft ambient textures throughout. For fans of the kosmische sound, Tangerine Dream and good old Vangelis. Limited to 300 so you are going to have to get your fingers on the button.
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