Canada - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 12 - 10/16/97
Sect / Response Technique / Phoma
As a loyal Torontonian, it's hard for me to admit it, but the evidence
keeps piling up, so I might as well give in: when it comes to the
production of great electronic music, our cousins out west in Vancouver
are soundly kicking our eastern asses.
I don't mean to imply that Toronto is lacking in talented producers and
DJs. We've got the Legion of Green Men (and various aliases), the output
of nice+smooth studios (reviewed by me for Luna Kafé a couple of months
back), a booming jungle scene and more. But somehow, the Vancouver crews
seem to be staying one step ahead of us in releasing some of the
sweetest electronic sounds around.
Cube is one of the latest releases to issue from this fertile scene. The
concept here is "three artists, three tracks each, and three labels",
and 3x3x3 = Cube. The project is overseen and marketed by Subduction, a
Vancouver based label that also has a distrubution arm (and
website) based in Japan.
Sect's trio of tracks kick off the disc in fine style. Evanescence 2
starts with a reverberating synth line, which is joined by layers of
sound and a shambling beat. Somewhat Autechre-like in its structure,
the track eventually reverses upon itself, losing the layers until only
the beat remains. The two minute Equator provides a brief beatless
interlude, and leads into Reconnaissance, another track that builds
layer upon layer before stripping down to a wash of ambient sound.
Response Technique - a new project from Romeo Lakovic, known for his
previous work as Deviator - is up next with three pieces of spacey
ambient-dub that are very evocative of the material being released by
his fellow Vancouverites over at Map Records. The middle track,
Expedition, highlights RT's best elements with burbling synth sounds,
shuffling beats and a smooth, organic edge.
Last but not at all least comes Phoma, aka Stephen Rosin, a 15 year
veteran of music and multi-media production. His first track, White,
is the disc's weakest point - it's not bad, but it's also not very
innovative, sounding like an excerpt from any generic "intelligent
techno" release of the last couple of years. But where Phoma really
comes through is on the final track, Black, a sinister ambient work
that has me really looking forward to the trilogy of releases Rosin has
planned in the coming months.
Bottom line? Cube is an excellent debut for Subduction, and an excellent
cross-section of material from three of Vancouver's finest electronic
musicians. I anticipate many wonderful things from this camp in the
Copyright © 1997 Greg Clow