Wednesday, 5 October 2011
For the last two weeks I have had one album on rotation. I was always a big fan of 'Degenerate' by Vex'd ever since Mattybar played me it at his old gaff years ago now but this went completely under the radar due to eagerly awaiting the album 'Severant' due to drop on Planet Mu in the next week or two from the other half of Vex'd Jamie Teasdale under his new(ish) pseudonym Keudo. His old right hand man Roly Porter has obviously been keeping his new shit on the quiet while everybody else have been lapping up the last couple of Kuedo records along with the Jamie Vex'd releases and rightly so. Jamie's 'In System Travel' 12" on Planet Mu is a fucking banger and a half, 'Radiant Industry' is a fucking tune. I remember getting a white label copy before it dropped and painting my bedroom like a motherfucker to it on repeat like it was yesterday. His remix of Starkeys 'Miracles' is on point too.
Roly's record is exactly what I needed to hear right now in my life. Totally diverse in every way with everything from classical, industrial, ambient and a slight touch of Krautrock to weld it all together. The thing that didn't shock me on reading the tracklist of 'Aftertime' is Roly's love of Dune. Fuck! We all love Dune right down to Sting's codpiece and with following Vex'd for the last few years it was blatent that both Jamie & Roly are deep into Frank Herbert's classic space opera.
I played it for my girlfriend Suzanne a few nights back who will smoke anybody I know under the table (if it were a competition!) and she loved it to the point were she asked me to put it back on again, potheads! Anybody who likes Vex'd, Tangerine Dream, chilled out music and Dune in general needs to go and buy this as soon as and turn the lights down or better off! Seriously good album.
Roly Porter - 'Aftertime'
Roly Porter - Caladan
And just for good measure
Jamie Vex'd - In System Travel 12"