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Echospace [Detroit] is the label launched by Rod Modell (Deepchord)
and Soultek's Steven Hitchell, two leading lights of the minimal dub
techno scene. And as with anything Deepchord, the entire release has
an air of mystery to it. Previously, as a near-mythical vinyl pressing
with minimal packaging and restricted pressings, everything about
Vantage Isle was geared toward the underground, or "those who know."
However, there's nothing but love of craft driving these grooves, and
now a lot more people will finally be able to hear this absolutely
brilliant collection of spacial dub wonder on CD. Vantage Isle
Sessions consists of a whopping 13 takes of the title track, reworked
by Modell and Hitchell in various guises (cv313, Deepchord, Echospace,
Spacecho), as well as a guest spot (and first ever remix) from Gerard
Hanson (Convextion). Across their 13 versions, Modell and Hitchell
manage to take the Deepchord template (analog synths, deep bass,
gently throbbing beats, bursts of static and noise, and deep, deep
chords) into a surprising variety of directions, akin to looking at
the same giant glacier from a helicopter from every angle possible:
some are beatless and undulating, some are pulsing and dynamic, some
are looking up from under the ice and some are towering overhead. The
aforementioned Convextion version is revelatory. It's built on
cascading and echoing pieces of the original that are layered like
shifting sands, for a distinctly dark and shimmering journey to the
bottom of the frozen ocean and back. It's remarkable enough to get all
these takes on one basic template to sound somewhat different, given
that the source material is really just a skeletal array of sound
sheets. Vantage Isle Sessions is for anyone looking for the logical
successors to the Basic Channel throne, or just looking for something
mellow for those steamy late summer nights. A stone-cold classic of
the genre. Don't miss it! - Todd Hutlock, Stylus Magazine


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