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  • Release Date 2008-06-23
  • Label Tirk Records
  • Catalog TIRK038
Brad Vachal and Eric Hedford are two bearded colossi of the Portland, Oregon music scene; one a
founding father of the dance scene in the Pacific Northwest with a CV that stretches back to the
early nineties, the other an original member of the Dandy Warhols, the relatively sane band in the
genius Dig movie. They've played together on and off together at Portlands' legendary disco / funk
basement party Soul Stew for nearly a decade, and now they're making sweet music with each other
for Tirk under the neatly assembled moniker Hedford Vachal.

Proceedings open with six and a half minutes of live drums and bass driven cosmic funk in the shape
of Alan vs Gary, all spacey synths and motorik rhythms riding a low slung groove to disco oblivion.
'Toy's' strips things back with a raw bass and bleep groove providing the backing for Eric's cooly
delivered vocal , which is joined by a scronky P funk/drone riff in the last quarter, all of it
combining for a winning Downtown NY 81 feel.

On the flip, Richard Sen (half of Padded Cell) turns in what has to be one his best pieces of work
to date, which is a big claim, and we're sticking to it. A classic disco style bassline drives
along with all manner of trippy effects, bleeps and a vocodered version of Eric's vocal, before
giving way to the kind of wonky teknoid riffs the BBC Radiophonic workshop used to dream up,
with the overall effect sounding like T Connection jamming with the Emperor Machine, a fantasy
combo if ever there was one, and Pure Padded cell. All power to the Sen!
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