Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Heavenly Ascension

This is a review I wrote last fall for a certain British publication and apparently forgot to submit at all.  Oops.

It's a track that I've been thinking about lately, completely bewitching, beautiful, perfect.  The kind of thing you can't imagine a person making, the kind of thing that must have come into existence on its own.  It's not about to kick off its own scene or tangent within electronic music or anything, but it's a wonderful tune that stands alone, unafraid of generic limitations or fitting into scenes. It's the second release on Raffertie's intriguing Super Records, a label that seems caught somewhere between colourful tech house and the new wave of UK house producers coming out of dubstep, and probably the best thing to come out of the label so far.  Stream and review of the single after the jump.

Taylor's "CMB" on Super

"Some of the best of the recent wave of UK bass music has surfaced in the grey areas between genres. As dubstep, garage, house and grime crossbreed, the deformed demon spawn provides some of its most puzzling and exciting moments.  Raffertie’s new label Super seems to be most interested in these unclaimed lands, debuting the label with a mystifying bit of detail-oriented, mnml-tinged 130bpm house.  Mr. Stefanski continues apace with the beautiful “CMB” from Wigflex associate Taylor, which maps out a delicate ascent over seven minutes.  Stargazing from its very first seconds, gentle drums and padded bass fiddle quietly as a melody begins to form itself out of what sounds like a pipe organ: think Pantha Du Prince gone regal (Pantha Du King?).  The melody picks up steam until it explodes in luminescent royal blue streaks across the sky, leaving barely noticeable trails of silky reverb as it passes: forget dancing to it, it’s a gorgeous piece of music to stand awestruck and just admire.  It’s more limber and less fussy than Raffertie’s own recent work (who provides a thusly fussy remix on the EP), but it fits right in with what the label seems intent on establishing as its signature sound. “CMB” is too straightforward to be dubstep, too syncopated to fit in with strait-laced house, and not syncopated enough to sit comfortably alongside garage. Maybe this is that supposed new 130 genre Martin Clark has been talking up lately. "

Yeah, it's good.  The single also comes with remixes from Girl Unit (definitely worth checking out), Raffertie, and Rekordah, and you can preview them and buy it at Boomkat:

1 comment:

  1. Great review. Combined with the remixes, this is easily one of my favorite releases in the past year. I enjoy all the tracks almost equally which is rare.