Slow Riffs, as a name for a musical project, suggests a parody band trying to take the piss out of Stephen O’Malley. Actually though, there are no guitars in sight on Gong Bath / Virgo Dub / Peace Arch: instead, these three tracks are bass-heavy ambient pieces, bordering on the edges of new age. 12” on Mood Hut.
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- Gong Bath / Virgo Dub / Peace Arch by Slow Riffs
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 October 2015
Gosh this is nice. After Donato Dozzy’s attempt to make techno music using just a jew’s harp, this is another wildly off piste taste of techno.
On ‘Gongs Bath’ watery sounds cascade over some gorgeous synth pads whilst just sneaking into the mix are some distant tribal beats. Occasionally a bass is added but that’s as ‘dance floor’ as it gets. This is beautiful new agey techno, in fact, I’m wondering why I’m even calling it techno - it has the feel of techno and uses some of the same ingredients but you are never going to be able to dance to it. Overleaf, ‘Virgo Dub’ is similarly beatless has a sweeping circular motion like waves lapping on a shore whilst closer ‘Peace Arch’ changes tack completely with some free jazz drums and Philip Glass style repetitive vibraphone.
I'm hoping this will help me relax.
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