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Unknown Mobile “Daucile Moon” (Pacific Rhythm)

2020-03-07T06:55:02+00:00December 13th, 2019|

Daucile Moon, which follows Unknown Mobile’s releases on No Bad Days, Normals Welcome and Young Adults, started four years ago in Vancouver when Levi Bruce was recovering from a broken toe and collecting MIDI files he found in an old Geocities archive. It was finished earlier this year in Montreal with help from Mike Silver, AKA CFCF, who added plaintive guitar to complete the album’s placid and stargazing style of ambient and downtempo music.

The album takes its name from an old, obscure Canadian jazz song that Bruce describes as “pretty but also with a serious amount of melancholy,” which could also describe his new record. In the vein of Pacific Rhythm label-mate Khotin’s standout New Tab album, Daucile Moon comprises drowsy beats and spaced-out loops, referencing the pinnacle of early ’90s chillout and ambient while infusing it with the dazed sound of Canadian electronic music in the 2010s.

Bruce’s process in making Daucile Moon was long but leisurely. He took the melodies from those MIDI files and moved them over to his analogue outboard setup and then back to his computer, creating a digital-analog hybrid that sounds as pleasantly worn as a dog-eared novel. Live instrumentation, like Silver’s classical acoustic guitar stylings on “A Windless March Ouest,” mingles with occasional dance music references like the subtle acid squelch of “Ravers Sojourn” or the hazy breakbeat of “Oenology.”

The album was inspired by various happy memories, from sharing wine with friends (“Oenology”) to a dog that Bruce met (“Simone Can’t Swim”). The result is a patient and personal record that highlights the best qualities of Bruce’s previous work as Unknown Mobile, with his distinct style of melody and soundscaping set free from kick drums and the dance floor. It’s telling that Bruce originally sent the record, at first called Melancholic Songs For Dogs, to his parents and two grandmas—this is beautiful, relaxing music whose appeal is universal.

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ANF “Mauna Kea” (Pacific Rhythm)

2019-05-02T22:27:38+00:00May 2nd, 2019|

“Following last year’s release on NAFF, ANF hit the West Coast with four tracks of lush, trance-inducing digital bubblebaths on Pacific Rhythm. You might know this Montreal duo already: After lingering around under a different name, Dust-e-1 burst onto the scene last year with two 12-inches of blazing junglist workouts, while Priori has established himself as a keen collaborator, partnering with the likes of Project Pablo, RAMZi and Ex-Terrestrial. Their work together as ANF is some of their most distinctive, and on Mauna Kea the two producers explore the outer reaches of their sound, going on an expedition through pulsating acid lines, blood-rushing breakbeats and cosmic synths, with melodies that linger long after they’re gone. The title track is a sleek and slippery acid-flecked cut charged with hints of progressive house, while ‘State Function’ looks back to the Sputnik missions of early ’90s Biosphere, with floating breakbeats and space shuttle chatter. The other two cuts are primed for the chill-out room, the after-hours kickback or any place where there’s a lava lamp and a beanbag chair, from the hand percussion-driven groove and celestial pads of ‘Mary Lynne’ to the leisurely breakbeats of ‘Chi-Motion.’ All four tracks offer rich, space-age techno to take your dance floor somewhere in the past that feels like the future.”

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S.M.P “Quicksand” (Pacific Rhythm)

2018-12-14T15:52:19+00:00December 14th, 2018|

Slim Media Player returns to Pacific Rhythm with a wonderfully original EP, Quicksand, his first new material since 2016’s Rhythms Of The Pacific Volume 3. The EP is the product of Slim Media Player & DJ D.DEE culling through 20+ hours of live jams recorded in Vancouver at Deep Blue Studios from 2016 to 2018.

The EP opens with the records namesake Quicksand, a playful piece of peak-time material that’s quirky, uplifting, and dare we say a touch heart-warming. Mouthfeel comes through swinging but plays a touch more coy than the opener, serving as an effective tension-builder on the dancefloor that builds into a thoughtful groover with some light at the end of tunnel.

On the b-side S.M.P explores deeper territory with Memory Bias (Nostalgia Mix), an aquatic roller blanketed with warmth and a contemplative aire that stretches for nearly 9 minutes. The EP fades out with the gentle drift of Tschüs, a warm swaddle that will quell your anxieties and affirm that there are indeed some things that are right in this world, this track being one of them.
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