1 - In Echo Park
2 - Benzodiabolic Suite No. 1 : Enunciate vs. Phonate
3 - Benzodiabolic Suite No. 2 : Simplex vs. Complex
4 - Benzodiabolic Suite No. 3 : Automate vs. Medicate
5 - Dirty South Still Life
6 - Dirty South Still Life (Screwed and Chopped mix)
7 - In Reference To What Is False
8 - Cash-Rich, Porn-Hungry Killbillies With Filthy Feet Are Taking Over The World
9 - Welcome To Narita
10 - Welcome To Narita (Mr. Bambu's Round Eye Remix)
11 - What Is False Can Now Be True (feat. Rain Phoenix)
12 - What Is False Can Now Be True (Machine Drum Remix)
13 – Welcome to Narita (Remix of the Remix)
This next installment in Organik History wouldn't be complete without a quick re-cap: In 1994-96, Mike Colby (aka Mr. Bambu) and Dave LeBleu (aka Textual) were playing in a very good, loud, experimental punk rock band called Glad. They forged a musical chemistry very unique and potent, and vowed an unspoken bond of music that would tie them together indefinitely. Both reluctantly go their separate ways, and during his musical odyssey with the acclaimed Mercury Program, Dave found it within himself to be a dope electronic producer/songwriter. He has released a solo CD on Stiff/Slack records in Japan, entitled "Hindsight Sunglasses", and contributed drums to the last two Prefuse 73 releases (think "Dave's Bonus Beats" on One Word Extinguisher). So here we are, full circle, bringing you his new, wonderful recording; "Dirty South Still Life".
The title of the album vaguely sums it up: this is a flash frame portrait of a mind state. This Textual fellow has his sound down, and that sound is that of next generation slow-jam electronic lovers funk: crisp, clean beats vs. cascading melodies and sublime glitchery. It begins with "In Echo Park", and you can tell the mood is gonna be strong throughout the record. The atmosphere he creates on this track is the Textual of Right Now; pensive, not quite somber, but definitely feeling it. A strong opener, fo' sho'. The "Benzodiabolic Suite" is three movements intertwined with the re-scrubbing of the computer mind as it queries the next agenda, each with a distinct tonal texture and feel to themselves. Sheer beauty type stuff.
Every jam is laced with that little flash of soul that keeps it from being mere electronic composition. The title track "Dirty South Still Life" is a prime example of this, as a lattice of synthy melodies washes into a blanket of sound. Also included here is the "Screwed and Chopped" mix of said track, keeping it real for the Dirty South, woven in as a sequel to the next side...
...Where we find wordless vocal harmony lilting you into hypnotherapy ("In Reference To What Is False" a prequel to the last song), preparing you for the next smoove-ass track. "Cash-Rich, Porn-Hungry Killbillies With Filthy Feet Are Taking Over The World" is the name, and it is like R. Kelly made an instrumental protest song in magical moment of epiphany. "Welcome To Narita" is a jam Dave made inspired by touring Japan with the Mercury Program, and was featured on his "Hindsight Sunglasses" CD. Very tense, cautious melodies unfold into a strong groove, that makes way for the remix. Mr. Bambu transforms this track into a midtempo stomper (ala Dabrye or Ammoncontact), that bubbles along into a primitive, caveman equation. Then we have the final banger, and it features Ms. Rain Phoenix (Paper Cranes) on vocals, turning in an adorable and touching performance. Very off the cuff, perfect, we love it, and you will too.
A very different release for Organik, "Dirty South Still Life" is a complete album; it's flows when you listen to it all at once, and the songs stand on their own. This is one for those who love Telefon Tel Aviv, Savath & Savalas, 80's slow jam R&B, and the like. Sure-shot banger material here, folks...
We are very proud to bring this highly praised album in Digi-Pack CD format to you.
The CD release, features 2 bonus tracks not found on the vinyl release. First we enlisted Machine Drum (Merck Records) to re-interpret, chop, slice, dice, remix and serve to the IDM masses a take on What Is False (feat Rain Phoenix). What you have here is a soulful glitch melodic beauty of a remix, filtering Rain’s seductive voice thru a robotic re-incarnation. While incorporating a more boom-bap bass bounce background multi layered filtration and synthesizers. Truly what a remix is suppose to be, as good or better than the original. Closing the album is a Textual Remix of Mr Bambu’s Welcome to Narita (Round Eye Remix), in short the remix of the remix. What you have here is an accelerated mutation of Bambu’s interpretation further layered with synthesizers, bass fills and harmonic keys. Listen close as you finish and are re-introduced to the creativity, brilliance and beauty of Dave Lebleu’s ever expanding IDM/downtempo/glitch/soul Textual project.