This is the 2008 debut album of Space Dimension Controller, put together when the Belfast producer was only 18! Many of the sounds on Orange Melamine sound older than that, by virtue of a curtain of tape hiss draped over many of the vintage synth sound-sources. Reissued on 1 CD or 2 LPs by Ninja Tune.
Vinyl Double LP £21.49 ZEN231
180g vinyl gatefold 2LP on Ninja Tune.
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CD £9.99 ZENCD231
CD on Ninja Tune.
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Thanks to the combined forces of Christopher Nolan, Public Service Broadcasting and a smattering of Ghost Box, we now live in a world obsessed with 60s space nostalgia. This means an influx of spacey synth music which cannot help but drop in countless samples from well-to-do Americans talking through the radio box about Sputnik or Buzz. Apparently this being the first album he ever made, Space Dimension Controller has space in his name, but does this alone justify another space synth record?
It begins with both of the aforementioned elements - spacey wonder-chords and a spoken excerpt from the space race or thereabouts. Jesus. Surely not another. However, the sound design on this one, even on that first track which started with such a cliche, is actually pretty interesting and unique. There’re some mildly tortured old synth machines squirming from the lack of oxygen. It’s also very tape hiss-y, SDC seemingly exaggerating the sound beyond that of the vintage recordings of yore which is also sorta overdone these days but this time round it recalls more modern approaches like Ekoplekz. Of course you’ve got echoes of Boards of Canada in the hazy drift chords in the background, especially with combined with the dusty, chill beats (‘Volvo Estate’). Wait, this is on Ninja Tune?? The times they are a changin'.
I guess SDC has always had that cosmic element not only to his image but the sounds as well, see his earlier R&S 12”s. It’s sort of Lone-ish at times too, similar to his sound around the time of Galaxy Garden and Reality Testing just without the stomping beats. It almost gets there on the CPU-esque ‘Gullfire’, but ultimately it’s like space lounge boogie. I’m just not sure if I can handle more space-chic synth music, despite the fact that this is actually great. I’m sorry space. I’m sorry Earth.
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