Baby Ford (aka Peter Ford), once signed to Rhythm King and Sire, masterminded the Ifach label on which 'Dead Eye' (Ifach001) originally had a limited release in 1994. Following his 'Fordtrax' LP, singles 'Beach Bump' and 'Milky Tres', Ford first collaborated with Eon (Ian B) on 1991's 'Fetish' before later joining forces as Minimal Man.
'Dead Eye' is spaced out, sulky techno at its best; light years ahead of its time and one of the pair's most memorable moments. This dark departure takes you into an almost concealed world with its sense of the mysterious. Whispers of 'It's Dead Eye Jones' coupled with echoing pads and rippling snares keep this almost stoned-groove going, transporting the mind to some wonderfully odd places. So much of the minimal sound which is currently en vogue gained its inspiration from tracks like this and this 2006 reissue should appeal to newer fans of the minimal etiquette who appreciated its tripped out vibe.
Link is Mark Pritchard, one half of the Global Communication/Jedi Knights along with Tom Middleton, who originally released 'Amenity' in 1992 on Evolution/Universal Language.
'Amenity' is an affirmation of life; brimming with positivity thanks to its usage of a beautiful, warm, synth-melody. This opens the imagination to many possibilities with delicate light pads and strings completing the piece so well. The track is almost ambient in nature; 3 minutes pass before we are presented with a rhythm, which fortunately adds energy but doesn't detract from the beauty of the track. Music like this is a pleasure to listen to, confirming that electronic sounds are capable of both depth and meaning. This is a real sunrise moment, bringing new hope and optimism to lost souls.
This release from Plus 8 is in keeping with their now customary high standard. The re-issue brings two highly sought after pieces to a new generation and those who missed out the first time round. Whereas one side is steeped in dark obscurity, the other provides the perfect antidote. Music like this doesn't really need any hype, just an open mind and a willingness to listen.