Strange to hear allusions to places outside of Detroit on an echospace [detroit] release, but here we are with an album called Mediterranea, which contains faded traces of field recordings made on a Spanish holiday. The journey must have relaxed Rod Modell, because he has turned in a full CD’s-worth (72 minutes!) of sweetly drifting ambient warmth. Lovely stuff.
9/10 Ant Staff review, 03 November 2016
And….. ease…. Fear not my friends and victims of the stress of modern life. Detroit dub techno lynchpin Rod Modell has got your back, with a sublime disc of sonic medication/meditation that radiates waves of pure tranquility. Modell has a cult following, but for the as yet uninitiated; he’s basically DeepChord -- affectionately referred to by myself and our man Phil as DeepChod. “Chod” being slang for shit, because like, y’know - it’s some deep shit. He’s also half of cv313 with Steve Hitchell (Intrusion, Phase90, Radius, Variant etc.)
Apparently old Rod can be found lingering around his pad listening to the same loop for over 24 hours. So it’s safe to assume he know’s a thing or two about the power of repetition and nuance. His latest offering on his prolific echospace [detroit] label is as lush as ever. Clocking in at around 72 minutes and split into two parts, Mediterranea’s main component is an endlessly wandering, drifting, almost modern classical loop that really burrows itself in deep. The highly emotive string swells and recedes over a bed of mesmeric ethereal ambient techno that glistens with vaporous synths. It’s bloody epic and gorgeous at that. It could go on forever, as I float, suspended in paralysis while the rest of the world temporarily ceases to exist.
If you've not managed to rob a bank to acquire the GAS box set, then this should sufficiently fill the void.
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