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Bluetech - Love Songs To The Source
on May 24, 2010
Vocal and instrumental downtempo dub. Love Songs To The Source sees Bluetech taking his sound in a new direction - the effervescent dub elements are still here, the clean electronica too - but now a much stronger organic reggae/funk influence is present. There is something of the early 1980's reggae movement reflected in these new songs, many featuring female and some male vocals. In keeping with this new emphasis, there are a lot of brass sections, wah guitar effects, organ-like stabs and beats structured like real drum kit rhythms including the odd stark rim shot. The combination results in a delightfully sleek, smooth dub sound in contrast to some of the dark lumbering albums of the genre. Some bouncy electronic instrumentals and dreamy chillout compositions more in keeping with past releases are also present - the warm, relaxing 'Escape' suggestive of a gentle sunny afternoon reverie.
As always Bluetech imagery is sharp and engrossing. The front cover montage is full of intriguing detail: a human torso reminiscent of a Rembrandt dissection painting combines anatomic elements with graphic embellishments that rise and burgeon upward, outward into a splash of colour that centres on a bright human eye ball. My promotional copy is a digital download and so I can't really be sure of the exact layout of the hard copy - however, the pdf file indicates around 8 panels of high quality graphics with complete lyrics, credits, website details and an inspirational verse.
With Love Songs to the Source the prolific Bluetech presents his latest studio album and follow up to the 2009 release The Divine Invasion - two EPs having filled the gap between. This time in keeping with the more dub/reggae centred sound the music is delivered via Canadian label Interchill. It appears that having fully established himself as a top notch artist of notable quality, with various aliases to satisfy his more ambient and techno yearnings, Bluetech feels free enough to stray further from his signature sound and experiment with collaborative recordings. Love Songs To The Source features vocal performances from Dr. Israel, Katrina Blackstone, Mari Boine, Lady K, Tina Malia and Lynx. In addition Jamie Janover plays dulcimer, Russell Scott and Luke Solman play horns and KiloWatts shares some production and programming duties. There are fourteen tracks here in total with audio samples available at the Interchill website.