Ok, so it’s the depths of winter here and in Rolando Simmons native Sweden, but that’s not put him off trying to remind us that the sun does occasionally shine. Summer Diary One EP is the producer’s first recording for Analogical Force and is equipped with enough melody and punchy bass grooves to make us feel like it’s summer once again. 5-track 12” EP on Analogical Force.
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Rolando Simmons is doing a fine job at keeping the Rephlex school Braindance sound alive and kicking, the fire burning, the flag flying and any other pointless but appropriate applicable metaphor. Like other artists; EOD, Wisp, Jodey Kendrick, Dave Monolith, Ceephax etc. he’s clearly hugely inspired by Aphex Twin but his productions still retain some originality. So yeah, he does wear his influence on his sleeve but there is enough personality and soul in his tracks to elevate them above mere carbon copies.
His latest slab of wax 'Summer Diary One EP' is kinda interesting to hear having just come inside from being outdoors on a brass monkeys freezing my knackers off frosty morning. Throughout the EP there’s this feeling of yearning and nostalgia for summer days when as a kid you’d go out on your bike and take a rest in the lush green grass, lay on your back and look at the blue sky and squint at the sun. It’s the same feeling I got from Fennesz’s ‘Endless Summer’ and also a lot of tracks on Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti’s' The Doldrums' record. This record sounds zero like those, but it’s the vibe - when your perception of time was different as a child - when days seemed like weeks.
‘Haze on the Lake’ has a bassline evocative of one of the tunes off Aphex’s ‘Cheetah’ EP that I can’t be arsed looking up the name of. Some fine breakbeats and a swizzle of acid and the jobs a good ‘un. ‘Thirsty Garden’ has some unorthodox microtonal tuning going on (I think?) with a springy bassline, swishy, skittering drums and sweet melodic chimes. ‘Cycle’ brings some 303 action that's half soul searching melancholy and half blissed euphoria. ‘Open Doors’ is super dreamy, lush and quivering. Pretty trippy too as it sounds as though it’s melting as it spins. Secret Beach takes a more conventional dancefloor approach - a warm and ethereal acid house tune with that sense of longing for halcyon days.
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