Things have been a bit crazy around these parts of late. Moving house is no small matter, but moving country (and actually continent) is pretty exasperating work. It's meant even though I've been listening to a lot of music, I've had little time to write about any of it. Thankfully that's about to change, and I'm going to start by revisiting one of my favourite Record Labels of the last few years Cut Records.
Anyone who's followed the blog for any period of time will understand that we've been longtime followers of Cut, their monthly subscription and monthly release is fantastic value. If that sounds like a bit of a readers digest advert, it's not meant to and I've been going back over my vast collection of Cut material and was completely blown away by how well so much of it stands up months after release.
But it's the fact the new music can cover so many genres, but yet has such a high level of consistency (in quality) that never ceases to amaze me, and The Crisis Project's "Xylem/Phloem" EP, in particular the track "Dear" was something that jumped out after recent listens.
As above, anyone who's been following will know of my love of loopy tracky dance music, stuff that locks a groove and just works it into a never changing meandering monster, and that's exactly what Dear is.
The track is very mesmeric, built around a one bar loop that is worked into various forms with effects such as suddenly swamping the track with Reverb and changing the arpeggiation. The slow introduction of de-tuned synths and drifting filters just keep everything moving enough to give you the feeling of growth but never loses site of the original groove – that one bar loop.
It conjures up memories of Future Sound of London, and Pagan records for me, especially the 20:20 Vision material, but never actually sounds like a rip off of any of them. I guess it's the tribal nature of this type of music that really excites me, it's the kind of music that can work in a nice relaxed listen or out on a dark sodden dancefloor just before sunrise.
So get stuck in, it's a fantastic piece of music, the rest of the EP is more techno-ish, along the lines of Orbital's Snivilisaton, and the Vector Lovers.