CCO – Road To The Stars [PF014]

Photic Fields usher a new name into the fold, Switzerland’s Contra Communem Opinionem aka CCO. The Lux Rec and Mathematics alumni arrives with The Road to the Stars, five tracks of his trademark acid elegance. The ferocity of the 303 has been sheathed, percussion pared down with lush chords and deep warmth being the focus. House is the foundation from which CCO builds. Those time honoured sounds support cascading melodies and fragile keys for a 12″ that borders between armchair abstraction, floor funk and the night sky.

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CCO – Road To The Stars [PF014]

The Valley And The Mountain – Gentle Waters Keep Moving [PF013CD]

Only a few nuggets of information exist on The Valley and The Mountain. ‘Gentle Waters Keep Moving’ is the first full length outing from TVTM and their/his/her most absorbing work to date. Sharpened edges are rounded, 303 squawk softened and rhythms mellowed as ten tracks of melting music is served. The Detroit denizen calls on the sounds of the hometown. Techno is at the album’s heart but frosted touches of electro are present, warming acid twangs, house grooves with all being dipped in a refreshing undercurrent of electronica.

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The Valley And The Mountain – Gentle Waters Keep Moving [PF013CD]

Cinematic 74 – Realtime Inverted [PF012]

Debut album by Detroit producer Cinematic 74 a.k.a. Brooks Mosher, who is known for his excellent detroit / house productions on labels as Dolly and Other Heights. Though, his ambient recordings are less known till date, under the alias Cinematic 74, Brooks presents a collection of ambient works produced between 2003-2015. Nine spacious and tranquil cuts, connected to harmonies and moments of bliss. Still, a variety within the album is captured, ranging from darker, remarkable synth-washed soundcsapes to more melodious moods with emphatic rhythm forms.

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Cinematic 74 – Realtime Inverted [PF012]

Tagwell Woods – Mecca [PF011]

It’s been two years since Tagwell Woods first appeared on W.T. Records. His rich and refreshingly unique techno style caught the ears of the faithful. Finally, finally, the Londoner is back on vinyl with six pieces of his original brand of machine music. And the wait is worth it. Tracks like “Christmas” and “Training” pulsate with feeling. Others like “Rabbit Society” and “Chance” build on that emotion. Crisp percussion and heartening strings are weaved as lush moments and textures unfurl. The 12″ is incredibly deep and flooded with sentiment. But don’t be mistaken into thinking Tagwell Woods deals in weight, instead it’s his lightness of touch that sings. “Tied Waves” is fragile and delicate, whispering before blossoming into being. The finale, the beautifully uplifting “Velocity”, has that same deftness. Mecca defies classification. Electronica. Techno. House. Acid. All are lovingly melted together to produce an absorbing and soulful second release, a release which is testament to the talent of this fledgling musician.

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Tagwell Woods – Mecca [PF011]

Vagon Brei – The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out [PF010]

Vagon Brei, aka Victor Ramos is back with a full length CD album on Photic Fields. A project inspired by and dedicated to Richard Feynman: the scientist, the teacher, the explorer, the visionary and the raconteur. His scientific curiosity, zest for life and eccentric personality were tried to be captured in music, produced by a true admirer of the man. A varied set of tracks, among the album you’ll find mystic waves, ambient moods, synth soundtracks and electro cuts. ‘It’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong’.

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Vagon Brei – The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out [PF010]

Submersible Machines – Waypoints [PF009]

There seems to be something in the water when it comes to Texas and Electronics. One of the stand-out talents from that most Southern of Southern states is Submersible Machines. Waypoints builds on those early successes, with that delicateness of touch plain to hear. A renewed warmth enters. Tracks wash with a lush and textured sound. Sheer class spills from speakers. ‘Porthole’ illustrates from the needle-drop what you are in for. A tapestry of tones reveals incredibly emotive electronics. Tracks are sculpted with an awe-inspiring precision, from the wind-swept wonder of ‘Murmur’ to 303 echoed dreamscape of ‘The Searching.’ And it is a dreaminess that embodies this EP. Heartening notes and a deftness of style combine to bring beautiful and thought-provoking Techno to listeners. Absorbing bars pull you in, changes flow and ebb. But there are punchier moments, the toms and rhythmic pulses of ‘Abyssal Plains’ giving way to sweeping stings. The finale comes with ‘707 Dreams.’ A cerebral close of cascading keys and cushioned cymbals to wake you from absolute immersion.

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Submersible Machines – Waypoints [PF009]

Perseus Traxx – Harmony Of Elements EP [PF007]

Perseus Traxx, aka Nigel Rogers, is returning to Photic Fields with a four track outing. This young Briton has time and time again shown his ability to sculpt soulful soundscapes using the building blocks laid down by Chicago House. Harmony of Elements is further proof of this. From the outset lush key strokes are laid down, warmth and texture brushed with subtle beats. Percussion patterns are used to scaffold achingly delicate bars. Autumnal tones swirl amongst warm winds and colder currents. Darker moments are present, nightskies bruise under weighty bars. M>O>S man ASOK is on remix duty, blotting “Grey Skies” with his ink-stained sounds; eclipsed moods balanced with honeyed notes. Harmony of Elements sees Nigel Rogers full range of ability on display. There’s a revived and renewed complexity to this layered EP. A landscape of emotion is lovingly created, edges are smoothed and richness flows.

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Perseus Traxx – Harmony Of Elements EP [PF007]

Lapien / Metropolis – Marchland EP [PF006]

Nick Lapien has been sharpening his music sound a number of monikers; Metropolis, Nepal and his own name. On labels like Other Heights and Sequencias the Dutch man has moulded smoke stained Chicago, textured Techno and drifting Ambient. For Photic Fields this homegrown talent brings together two of his nom de plums under the banner of Marchland. Basslines bulge, pressing against dampened claps for “Ballad of a Man.” Banks of harmony drift off an analogue ocean, arcs of string dawning into a rich radiance. Submerged notes bend and blur with “Bobby Konders”, streams of synth flowing past columns of carved percussion. Rolling chords see Lapien don his Metropolis mask for “Black Motor Boogie.” Acid vultures circle with beady eyed intent, claws writhe and flex amidst a flurry of beat and pad. The shimmering keys of “The Gatekeeper” takes the listener throw a winding pass. Curving 303 contortions fold and reform under pressurised bursts of tom, cymbal and snare to end this journey into Marchland.

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Lapien / Metropolis – Marchland EP [PF006]

VA – Fields Of Light [PF005]

‘Fields Of Light’ is an ambitious compilation release containing 6 tracks by BNJMN, Aroy Dee, Lerosa, Metropolis, Perseus Traxx and Tr One, that focuses on other qualities than the usual style-similarities. Here, the focus has been put on some other aspect; their soulful and melancholic nature. On each side 15 minutes of dreamily emotive and sometimes alienating works from these 6 producers have been pressed. Some of them appeared earlier on Photic Fields, others are new here. Among these works you’ll find a deep and multilayered sonic excursion (by BNJMN), a dark, futuristic and movie-inspired piece (by Metropolis) and an emotion-drenched late 80’s inspired house music-cut (by Perseus Traxx). Each of these tracks may have their moment to be played, some might work on dancefloors while other are ‘just’ for the home-listener. But a true sentimentalist should find these moments.

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VA – Fields Of Light [PF005]

Lerosa – Woman Flew Home EP [PF004]

Photic Fields’ next release comes from another (Italy born) Irishman, Lerosa. He’s always exploring the edges of house, techno and electro to create something new. With this record he also explores the emotive side of things, in a rough edged and analogue way. The record starts off with ‘some things endure’, an introspective piece with a deep and dark synth pad. ‘Nebula Raider’ breaks open the record with its euphoric feel and acid hints. On the b-side you’ll find two joyful cuts: the uplifting ‘dream of flight’, and the closing track of the record, ‘postmodern’, with its playful keys and emotive synth tones.

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Lerosa – Woman Flew Home EP [PF004]

Leonid – Midas EP [PF003]

As we further explore shapes of deep and emotive electronic music, Photic Fields proudly presents the return of Leonid. Despite this low output, his well-considered and delightfully crafted works are greatly appreciated and have impressed quite some folks. This record features 3 new tracks by Leonid, which all pushes down into the depths of ‘soulful’ house and techno music. Each of them does this in its own way but they’ve got one thing in common: they are all overloaded with warmth and emotions. Pure and calm deepness, which is soothing for our restless minds.

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Leonid – Midas EP [PF003]

Perseus Traxx / Aroy Dee – Hope EP [PF001]

First appearance of this small-scale vinyl imprint from the east of Holland with a split-release by the well-respected Aroy Dee and Perseus Traxx. Both of them are known for their deep analogue house music productions with raw and sharp edges, but most recognizable in their work is the presence of true emotions. This will also be the distinctive element for the labels future output: emotive electronic music with the soul deep within. Honest and unpolished music that is inspired by everyday life, whether it comes from pain or joy. Perseus Traxx kicks off with an immersive, slow building and uplifting track, followed by a moody but hypnotic and slightly acid inspired piece. Aroy Dee takes care of the flip-side, with a dreamy and atmospheric track, and one raw, surprising and energetic cut.

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Perseus Traxx / Aroy Dee – Hope EP [PF001]