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Primitive World is the handle of Sam Ellis who has previously appeared on Ecstatic with 2015’s ‘Ascention’ tape and has been knocking out EPs for the likes of Black Acre, R&S and Obsession Recordings. He’s also half of duo Walls (Kompakt) alongside Ecstatic boss Alessio Natalizia aka Not Waving.
‘White On White’ is apparently assembled from a series of improvisations on the Waldorf PPG Wave synth, however, I’m pretty sure the PPG Wave isn’t the only synth on this album. The record was inspired by the life and work of British constructivist artist Marlow Moss, and takes its name from the title of the Moss piece on the front of the sleeve. Having listened to the music before reading about what inspired it, I have to say I didn’t particularly find it particularly evocative of anything like Moss’s work at all. Yet having read where the inspiration came from and listening again, I’m able to hear the connection, which to me at least is much more like a school of thought rather than something purely aesthetic. There is for sure a very modernist feel to these tracks but they feel like they’re distinctly Primitive World tracks and not just mere sonic interpretations Moss’s art. So essentially he’s taken inspiration and done his own thing with it and the results feel very much at home on Ecstatic. The production is pristine with beats scattered throughout, a smattering of acid here and there, bits of abstracted techno and gleaming synth-scapes. Having said all that, the more I listen, the more I start to see Moss’s Mondrian like geometries now that the seed has been planted.
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