19 Apr

Solvent – A Panel Of Experts






I worked from home today so my pick is a freebie. I am going to keep it short and sweet and stick up and old favourite of mine that I have been meaning to post for some time.

I am going for Solvent’s, ‘A Panel Of Experts’. The reason I have, is in my mind, it sticks out as one of the first tracks to get me back into more electronic music at a time when this type of music was starting to grow. I remember being chuffed with the fact it was electronic yet amazingly melodic and thankfully still full of emotion. I am not an expert when it comes to this area but it occupies more and more of my music purchases and library as years have gone by.

Jason Amms is Solvent and he has been doing this stuff a long time. The album I am covering here, Solvent City, was released in 2001 on the truly excellent Morr Label, who have released so much brilliant stuff in this space. Amms now lives on another great label who Aapie and I have mentioned before – Ghostly International. His current stuff is more advanced and utilises vocals and even more traditional song structures (check out ‘Loss For Words’ off his last album – even better get the Vector Lovers remix).

But I love this track and this album. It utilises 80s sounds and synths but never goes too far and all the tracks are held together with beautiful melodies, great drum patterns and enough to differentiate themselves from each other..its electronic but it still has emotion and personality. The best exponent of this is the first track on the album – ‘A Panel Of Experts’. When I got it I absolutely played it death and to be honest, I still do. It is a thing of beauty – simple, but the melody is really something else. Also, it is one of those great tracks to listen to with head phones. Try it out.

Picture from Last FM


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