Radius is yet another one of echospace head honcho Stephen Hitchell's many aliases - see also Intrusion, Phase90, Variant, Soultek. 'Obsolete Machines' includes some cv313 reshapes that will sooth and stroke your face, a bit like like the musical equivalent of a hot bath. We know what to expect from this dub techno craftsman, and we always know it'll be lovely.
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- ECHOSPACERDSCD1 / Limited edition 2CD set on echospace [detroit]. Includes disc of cv313 reshapes. Packaged in eco-friendly gatefold sleeve with custom chrome sticker
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Here’s a beauty - a real keeper and a treat for echospace [detroit] fans. Five cuts (arguably the highlights) lifted from the epic Radius ‘Obsolete Machines’ 2CD, luxuriously spread across two pieces of vinyl, and presented in lush screen-printed sleeves in an edition of 500 copies.
Radius is of course one of Stephen Hitchell’s many handles which include Intrusion, Phase90, Variant, Soultek and half of cv313 alongside Rod Modell. For me, this music can just play on forever and never demands any effort or very much attention - it just does its thing so elegantly. ‘ethersonic’ is like once the sounds have left the machines it just lives in the skies and won’t come back down, delicately twinkling and fluttering somewhere in the ionosphere. Or like entering a room after an echospace track was played in there and its ghost is loitering there, still playing once you hit stop - as though once released into the air it were a gas rather than a set of vibrations. ‘etherscapes’ slivers along, powered by sparse percussion with a blisfully stoned momentum while ‘Oscillation Range’ is like submerging into an endless deep blue ocean where rays of sunlight refract on a coral bed made of silver.
On the second slab of vinyl we get the cv313 reshape of ‘ethersonic’ that sounds so delicate and brittle it feels like it’s literally dissolving and rebuilding itself as it plays for almost twenty minutes. The cv313 reprise resides over on the flipside, building from its sparse beginning into a gently rippling and slow bubbling cut that shuffles and trickles out of the speakers.
Across all tracks there’s an eerie sense of presence and that sense of the familiar which I’m sure some critics may find to be a negative, but within the parameters Hitchell sets himself, there really feels like there’s infinite space with which to become immersed, lost and explore. If you dig those old Scion Versions 12”s and the more ambient house leaning side of dubby techno then you know what to do. Most tranquil.
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