The press release for Lee Gamble’s new EP In A Paraventral Scale identifies him as a sound designer, junglist and composer. Though seemingly disparate terms, this is in fact a pretty apt description. Gamble is an artist unafraid to take the sound artefacts of rave music in strange, often exciting new directions. These seven tracks are no exception - everything from DJ Stingray to Fatima Al Qadiri is referenced.
Vinyl 12" £8.49 HDB119
Clear vinyl 12" EP on Hyperdub. Comes in a die-cut sleeve with a full-colour insert.
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It’s been a wee while since we’ve had a record from Lee Gamble - 2017 in fact when he released his ‘Mnestic Pressure’ album on Hyperdub, and before that, his ‘Chain Kinematics’ EP on his own UIQ label - which presumably has taken a fair amount of his time, and has been responsible for putting out some class electronic music (N1L, Nkisi, ZULI, Lanark Artefax etc.).
He’s still been twiddling away between running the label though, as we now have ‘In A Paraventral Scale EP’ which with its seven tunes is what I consider to be a PROPER EP. It seems the parameters for what’s considered Extended Play have moved over the years with 3 tunes on a 12” being labelled an EP these days. Bollox to that. You get your coin worth across this record - some labels these days would flog this as an LP and charge you twenty big ones. And while we’re talking about value - this record is worth the price alone for ‘Folding’ a magical chiming thing of beauty that’s like an iridescent rotating prism with a tiny music box made from exquisite crystal inside shooting out radiant beams of pure joy. Or like Aphex’s ‘Donkey Rhubarb’ chain-smoked several too many doobies. I’m jumping the gun here though, cuz that’s actually the second tune…
The first, ‘Fata Morgana’ has a very hallucinogenic quality as though a cityscape is melting into a mirage. ‘Moscow’ builds suspense before subtly erupting into a booming, half stepping, electro slammer. ‘BMW Shuanghuan X5’ is like some petrol head-on-acid fantasy listening to fast cars zooming by as their engine sounds warp in blazing heat before the speed of sound carries them into thy lugholes. ‘Chant’ is trippier still, with its gleaming futuristic sound design and memory recall voice transmissions. ‘In The Wreck Room’ switches things up into higher tempo electro ala Urban Tribe/DJ Stingray while ‘Many Gods, Many Angels’ sounds like a kind reprise or summary of the sounds previously heard, its déjà vu quality made even more tantalizing -- as I’ve just read that this is actually the first record in a trilogy. One which has booted off to a very fine start indeed with all tunes immaculately rendered in glorious high definition.
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