BAR ROUGE: URBAN LOUNGE SUITE (Mixed/Engineered By David Larkin)
A few of us here have been known to, you know, imbibe a bit. By this we mean tipple. You know, snatch a quick bracer? In any case a CD that has every single song on it named after a martini at the Bar Rouge is complete and unbridled marketing genius, even for the non-drunks among us. Is it lounge music?
Why, yes, it is. Is it well-produced lounge music? We think so. Will we have another? Why yes we will.
DROP THE LIME: THIS MEANS FOREVER (Mastered by Antimatter)
When Kid 606 first sent us some of his stuff back in the late ‘90s we thought he was insane. Glitch-filled discontinuities and synth-driven insanity. It was one of those grown-up moments when you find yourself muttering about kids these days. And we liked that and kept listening and this here release on Kid’s label continues with a healthy tradition of bafflement as Drop The Lime is some of the most muscular laptop hop this side of the Kid himself. Normal indices á la analog don’t apply. Straight-up digital claustrophobia designed to make you watch your software very, very carefully.
CYCLES: INCIDENTAL GESTURE (Designed & Produced By Ron MacLeod)
Man, this kills us. Like some wild ambient thing from Windham Hill if Windham Hill wasn’t so bloody godawful. Spawned by Cycling ‘74, this audio source library is like hours of 40-second symphonies, sonic textures, and “melodic meanderings” that vibe like the soundtrack to the newest David Lynch movie if David Lynch movies weren’t so bloody godawful. The audio face of cool.