Here on Traum sub-label My Best Friend, the A-side "Lights" opens up with a decidedly techno kick quickly joined by a simple, repetitive but funky plucked loop and some techno hats. Meanwhile backspin effects, rising background strings and a bouncey delayed bell-loop provide the main motif. Quite pushing in its nature, this track has energy in its percussion and several dynamic elements (like the little acid line), and a tangible but slightly ethereal feel to its melodies, enhanced overall by an occasional lush synth wash. Perhaps one for later in the night then.
"Odyssey (Heavenly 3000 mix)" on the B-side starts with gossamer strings and plucked notes like the interlude in some Hong Kong B-grade demons, acrobatics and wires flick, just before said demons close in for the big show-down. Fortunately it's actually a lovely intro before the track immediately heads into less heavenly waters with a compelling dirty bassline and tight catchy guitar hook. Overlaid with a couple of tightly looped soft pads, and punctuated at key points with urgency-building stabs, breathy voices both angelic and primitive, and just a touch of acid, this track has a lot going for it. All the components work really well together making for a groovy and mysterious atmosphere. This would be magic for a deeper crowd already in the thick of things. Top work.
Thu / 16 Feb 2006
A Break 3000 - Lights
B Odyssey - Odyssey (Heavenly 3000 Mix)