Friday, January 28, 2011

lost in the shuffle



This is a time period of life when I can lose my mind - the anticipatory weeks in between the hectic rush of promoting a new cd and the actual "add date" and release date, which are both the same this time around. I don't do much touring, so it can be alarmingly uneventful. I'm thankful for the radio stations who don't adhere to the add date for whatever reason. Especially nice was a debut at #1 last week at CFRU in Ontario (electronic chart). That's a sweet little break in the dead calm, and a first!

One way of occupying myself is, of course, to work on new tracks. I've started a few, and am particularly happy with one called "I Know It's Coming". Online bonus track or new album/ep, not sure yet - but something's in the works.

Another way is to get with some new sounds. I've been venturing into the vast, very vast plains of net labels...and have done my share of downloading. This morning I took it all and plopped it in the 'my music' folder and tried to make sense of the cryptic folder names. The outcome is I need to make a new folder called 'meh'. But there are glimmers of light: some fresh water, a stand of pines, the occasional patch of wildflowers.

The above pictured ep "Mathematics" by CYCOM from the Plain Audio label is one of them. Hot breaks and d'n'b. The title track is the best and the funkiest. "Blow Up" is marred by what appear to be intentional flatulent sounds, Maybe in a club this sounds good but on pc speakers and combined with the title - it's bad news. The track is not without redeeming factors, but the fx are distracting. "The Dream" is darker, all out d'n'b that's a fine listen with fascinating samples and sequences. I'd go grab this free ep - you'll swear later you paid $4.99 for it. - SO

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