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This is the The inaugural release on Chris Madak’s (AKA Beemask) new Pear Growers Series label. He’s commissioned a fine pair of remixes from two artists I’m very familiar with. Surgeon I’ve been following since he first emerged back in 1994 and the mysterious Abdulla Rashim who’s been steadily building a fine catalogue for the past couple of years on his own self-titled imprint as well as some ace’s on Prologue and Semantica amongst others. Here both producers work their magic on material from Beemask’s excellent ‘When We Were Eating Unripe Pears’ LP on Spectrum Spools.
Surgeon goes first with his re-imagining of ‘The Story Of Keys & Locks’. Now I think it’s probably safe to say that generally speaking Surgeon is kinda perceived as a producer of brutal, tough uncompromising techno which if you really look at his catalogue is not strictly true. Sure there’s plenty of banging gear in there but over the years he’s made varying styles of electronic music and not strictly techno. This remix showcases his diverse skills as an artist. First premiered on his monthly Rinse FM show which is well worth checking out. If you can’t tune in then the show’s are archived on his Dynamic Tension SoundCloud page and I thoroughly recommend checking them out. I digress... With this remix he keeps Madak’s lovely shimmering synthesizer work more or less intact, adding some filtering and a breakbeat that fits in just perfectly giving it a very timeless quality that feels somewhere in between classic 90’s artificial Intelligence era electronica and a Carl Craig Production. It really glows with a lush, highly immersive warmth that keeps getting me lost in it after so many repeated listens I’ve lost count.
Abdulla Rashim goes next with his vision of ‘Unripe Pears’ with lots of hissy top end it’s fairly representative of his sound which somehow reminds me of a rhythmic percussive take on Thomas Koner style isolationist stuff, perhaps even Mick Harris’ Lull project too. This is far from ambient but for me the sweeping cold sounds conjure the same visuals; desolate icy landscapes, glaciers, melting snow, that kind of Arctic stuff. Not dissimilar I guess to some stuff on Frozen Border too. Although the visuals in my head it creates are stark and white there’s a darkness to it, like an uneasy tension or paranoid edge which I really enjoy. Both great remixes and have me looking forward to who will step up on the next volume. Highly recommended.
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