G-man, Kushti (Swim~)

Ammunition for the anti-electronic music brigade ahoy! This is everything that those who see no art in the use of technology in music will hate. The first track of the two on this cd is 23 minutes long, the first ten of which are filled by a repeating drum loop, occasionally embellished but in the main sparse. The effect of the loop is to lull you into a mildy hypnotised state, totally focussed on the beat. All the more sensitive then, to the sudden change in drum pattern which leaves you hanging at the end of each subsequent bar, wanting and waiting for the original beat to return. Which it never does, instead the new beat evolves and mutates in ever more melodic ways, dragging you into its swirling embrace. It's almost heartbreaking when the track just stops. The womb-like aural blanket is removed, real life returns with a bang. "What have i been doing for the last 25 minutes? Jesus, the tea's on fire!" but wait, calm down, track two has kicked in and it's 33 minutes of bliss...


I generally try not to read any of the press that comes with a record until I've listened to it, that way I get a true idea of my views rather than a mirror image of the promotion department hype. That goes some way to explaining why I thought the G-man release was a single, and why the review above talks about just two tracks. In fact, this is a double LP--on one disc. G-man's minimalist style being mixed to perfection so that there are never fewer than two tracks being played simulaneously. Much as the review above shows I enjoyed the disc, this extra information makes it even more impressive in my view.

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