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- Temple Room by Umberto
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Upon handing this 12” to me this morning, Phil said “Do this one first. It’s that good Umberto song from the good Umberto album. You know, the opening track.” As it turns out it’s ‘Temple Room’ from ‘Prophecy of the Black Widow’, or a reinvention of that track which Matt Hill was forced to make in preparation for a tour after discovering that some of the original audio in his computer had been corrupted or deleted following a move.
On side A the track is stretched out into a 14-minute epic, opening with vast swathes of cosmic drone that go on for minutes before a bumping electro-disco beat kicks in with a cheeky synth funk bassline and later an even cheekier higher pitched melody. It’s a great cut, totally spaced out but irresistibly danceable, authentic sounding cosmic disco. Over on the other side another of Hill’s aliases Silvio has a slightly shorter and more dancefloor-friendly mix which dispenses of the minutes of opening drones, instead blending them into his expertly shifting and shamelessly funky synthscape with a fast-paced, pumping beat running throughout.
There are elements of the original track in here but it’s so different it’s basically a whole new composition, a playful and unrestrained show-stopper to side A’s brooding, hard-edged opener.
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