Cambria Instruments is the new label of Nathan Fake and Wesley Matsell, two minimalist electronic musicians/DJs both heavily connected to James Holden's Border Community label. The first release for Cambria is a collaboration between the two label-heads themselves, with a Fake track one side and Matsell's on the flip. Two groovy tracks with a lot of percussive transience, both produced to sound clear, distinct and impressive on their shiny new label.
- Nathan Fake - Black Drift
- Wesley Matsell - Bismuth
8/10 Brian Staff review, 15 August 2014
Semi-fantastic twelve here from the young Fakester and his mate Wes. The two of them have just set up their own label, bless. This is the first installment and being the debut outing on Cambria, I'll be surprised if you can lay your hands on this for a decent price in twelve months time.
Sorry but either the labels are the wrong way round or I'm a complete tool. The Nathan Fake tune I would have thought was the trippy, shimmering euphoric house epic of the side with the picture on but I feel like I may have been cleverly tricked. Anyway, it's a completely beautiful timeless groover of a thing with huggins of astonishing future-trance synths and fascinating tech-y spots that just amp up the delirium. If this is his mate Wes then I'm sorry but there is zero real competition happening here....Wes wins hands down!
For the shorter tune on here is just a classic Robert Hood-rip off really. Extremely well done, mark my words, but so much so it would fit quite easily into any quality UR/Metroplex minimal Detroit set. There's some cheeky contemporary touches of course with the rolling tribal beat sounding pretty fresh but this music was always beyond the boundaries of fashion, place and time - It just IS. I think this could well be Nathan's piece after all, as the woozy, spangled synths that the track plays out on sound rather familiar......
So....both sides are pretty damn ace but the longer track is the space odyssey I will be returning to. Don't let Big Chief Holden near that one - it's pure dancefloor gold as it is.
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