Sunday, 8 November 2009

TVO – Rooks [Stuff]

The Village Orchestra has been prolific this year dropping not one but two albums, the first being a techno record called ‘The Dark Is Rising’ on Stuff and the second being an ambient piece ‘I Can Hear The Sirens Singing Again’ on Highpoint Lowlife. This 12” is on the techno side of things with a re-rub of ‘The Dark Is Rising’ joint ‘Afanc’ and a newer track on the flip. This could also be the last 12” Stuff do before they merge with Dre$$ 2 Sweat and Wireblock to form the mega label Numbers.

TVO’s ‘Afanc Remix’ is a hypnotic dubbed out techno joint that bubbles with subtle 303-like acid grooves and electro inspired drum sounds, filtered pads and dream like synths and orchestral flourishes bring a hazy melancholic atmosphere not unlike his ambient excursions on ‘I Can Hear…’ but set to a physical techno pulse built to zone out dance floors.

‘Dot and Hashes’ is another zoner with more of an electro feel, skipping robotic grooves set against reverberating bleep tones set the pace at a head nodding stagger as layers of hypnotic pads take over and everything breaks into a techno pulse, leaving behind the robo-lilt and pushing forward with grime-like bass pulses.

TVO’s distinctive voice sits somewhere between music for the head and the dance floor, not unlike if the idiosyncratic experiments of Mordant Music collided with the hypnotic layered techno of GAS. This is a heady 12” for the adventurous heads out there, an almost psychedelic strain of techno.

Originally written for Sonic Router.

Check out the interview and mix he did for us at SR too:

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