2019 is coming to the end so it’s that time of the year when we look back and see what caught our attention the most. As the tradition is on our side, we look first at the preferences of our readers and this is a top 3 of the most appreciated albums, compilations, mixes and other stuff.
Space Dimension Controller catches everyone by surprise with the release of ‘Redemption Of The Cryonauts’, a new 13 tracks double-LP out of nowhere that lands on no label and little is really known about this release.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dekmantel’s goings on in the world of events, festivals, and great music, the team behind the label have been releasing a record a month featuring some of their favourite artists, as part of a ten-year anniversary series collection. Featuring acts close to the label’s collective, debuts, and legacy talents the crew have always wanted to sign. This penultimate EP, sees Dekmantel debut releases by Lena Willikens, Space Dimension Controller, and Dutch lo-fi star Betonkust and Palmbomen, in addition to a special cut by Bufiman.
“Recorded the mix pretty much in one evening at my studio! Mix between vinyl and Ableton. Wanted to do something natural and with an acidic pulse so it took me a while to go back through my records. Really difficult to remember all these tracks so it took a while.”
While Jack Hamill’s Space Dimension Controller project is best known for mixing colourful electrofunk synths with intergalactic ambient, techno and hypnotic house influences, his earliest musical output trod a slightly different path. His long forgotten, digital-only debut album, 2009’s Unidentified Flying Oscillator, explored IDM and woozy electronica, and it’s these styles that come to the fore on Orange Melamine. Like that debut album, this set – his first for Ninja Tune – was recorded in his bedroom, aged 18, with a collection of “cheap, lo-fi” and “battered” kit. It largely takes its’ cues from the likes of Boards of Canada and ambient-era Aphex Twin, but retains that distinctive vibe and attention to detail that’s always marked out Hamill’s work.
Once again the *Space Dimension Controller* returns from the unknown sphere to the Clone basecamp. This is the first in the new ”Correlation” series of releases by SDC. The vinyl version comes with a series of prints made by SDC himself. Five different prints, each reffering with mood and colour use to one of the tracks on this Correlation #1 release. With each record there is 1 print randomly inserted with the first pressing.
Space Dimension Controller is in the cockpit, preparing to land his sophomore album thru R&S. A robot pilot announces imminent landing on the intro to the hyPer-Funk of the title track, and ‘While I Was Away’ wistfully gazes starboard to lush neo-soul vibes – imagine OPN doing slo-mo electrosoul. ‘It’s A Cold Planet Without You’ keeps a tense slowfast vibe with fluctuating drums and strobing cyber-dub FX, and the Eno-esque ‘Music For Spaceports’ decelerates the whole thing to lush ambient bliss mode upon reentry to orbit.
The ‘Temporary Thrillz’ doublepack vinyl release sees Jack advancing his signature sound over this maxi EP format, that also includes 4 locked grooves and comes in a limited first run on purple splattered vinyl! People have difficulty pinning down the SDC sound, I’ve seen it described as electro, space funk, cosmic disco, pop-psychedelic, techno-funk, jazz fusion, disco house and electronica. It’s probably all those things and more, and we are proud of the fact that its so hard to pigeonhole. The ‘Temporary Thrillz EP’ contains intergalactic slow jams, deep club excursions and mid tempo space funk, all with the SDC trademark depth, soul and finesse.