Not Glass is the sonic space where Jay Glass Dubs and Not Waving, two of the most interesting producers around right now, join their two vibes together. Conversations about philosophers and Southern Europe inspired Forma, which feels like a real meeting of minds rather than a random team-up. These guys are doing some of their best work together. Out on Ecstatic.
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- Forma by Not Glass (Not Waving & Jay Glass Dubs)
Alessio Natalizia (Not Waving) and Dimitris Papadatos (Jay Glass Dubs) join forces as Not Glass. Had I not had prior knowledge of who was behind these productions then I’d never have guessed - this to my ears is a good thing. For sure there are little traces of each respective producer’s little hallmarks, but it doesn't, at least to these ears, sound like what I would have imagined a Not Waving and Jay Glass Dubs collaboration to sound like. Essentially, the pair have become a third entity as Not Glass, creating a new sound that draws from a shared aesthetic and pushes forward into new territory. This comes as little surprise as the pair have both proved to be versatile artists.
The widescreen, cinematic ambient epic ‘Fallite Fallentes’ haunts with fragile keys making me imagine I’m hovering over an ancient city viewing its decaying ruins and its gleaming future state at the same time - as though past and future were perceived simultaneously. A future/past paradox. ‘Dum Loquor Hora Fugit’ has a similar feel where its rhythms feel somehow rooted in ancient tradition but are being played out in another time and place. ‘Ludicrum’ feels grandiose in scale, evoking images of magnificent, towering architecture. ‘Pauper Ubique Iacet’ has peculiar energy and intensity that pushes and pulls in opposite directions as though trying to split our perception into differing times and geographies. We can hear Papadatos’s expert use of dubwise f/x on ‘Ut Ameris Amabilis Esto’ as we receive barely decipherable vocal communications in a language that may be real or imagined.
We’re never quite sure where we are in time or space listening to this record - it takes us to another realm or zone that’s unfamiliar - a work that evokes visions of worlds and cultures beyond our own yet somehow rooted in humanity. Lost civilisations appear behind the eyelids when listening to ‘Forma Bonum Fragile Est’. There’s a lingering sadness somehow, pining for a utopia that once existed.
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