vendredi 7 septembre 2012

One Seven Six - Islands In The Sky (CRM102)

Crosstown Rebels continue to demonstrate their incredible aptitude for astute and diverse A & R by unveiling One Seven Six and their first release ´Islands In The Sky´, a carefully concocted blend of organic electronica oozing with pop sensibility. NYC´s Brennan Green is recalled once again for remix duties after his fantastic interpretation of Art Department´s ´Tell Me Why´, released on the label at the start of the year.
One Seven Six aka Matt Allchin & James McCool are a writing/production duo from London that fuse boutique quantum philosophy with loose musical morals, introducing you to the deep armchair of your mind.
Title track ´Islands In The Sky´ displays the duos musical ability early on with a soft, electric piano melody accompanying an infectious guitar riff. Shimmering glissando´s sweep across the mix, clearing the path for a slick disco bassline to provide the backdrop for the lush vocals of David Ashby. Prepare to be swept away to another dimension by the image-evoking wordplay.
The second original track ´The Theory Of Strings´ starts slightly deeper with the low end working alongside human breaths, gently building to a climax that spills over into more neat guitar work. Airy, atmospheric pads and various percussive elements grow creating a sense of drama that is relieved by an 80´s electro breakdown. Once again the duos songwriting skills are the highlight, as is the way infectious vocal hooks are expertly crafted around the musical foundations.
No stranger to the Crosstown camp since his remix of Luke Solomon’s ‘Demons’ was released back in 2008, Chinatown boss Brennan Green steps up for remixes and dutifully delivers two cuts of the title track, spiced up by his sleazy breed of disco inflected, intergalactic, cosmos house. Trademark cowbells, claves and shakers on these grooving slo-mo house jams ensure they get the full NYC cosmic disco treatment. The talented producer has also released on labels such as Balihu Records and Modal with huge remixes for the likes of Debby Harry, Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem.
  • Label: Crosstown Rebels
  • Cat no: CRM102
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  • Distribution: Above Board Distribution
  • Released: Mon Oct 15th, 2012


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