Source Direct


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Exorcise The Demons, 6/10
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Jim Baker and Phil Aslett, authentic products of London's jungle scene, debuted with a few singles under the moniker Sounds of Life: Trust Me/ Release the Bells (Certificate 18, 1992), Currents/ Intellect, Hidden Rooms/ A Spice of Jazz.

Source Direct was born when Future London (Odysee, 1994) aired for the first time, soon followed by an incessant sequence of singles: Different Groove, Fabric of Space (Source Direct, 1995), Approach and Identify Snake Style, The Crane (Source Direct, 1996). The Cult (Metalheadz, 1996) and A Made Up Sound are probably the ones that built their credentials. There followed Stone Killer and Secret Liasons (Good Looking, 1996).

A few singles came out under different monikers: Oblivion (Night Windows in 1995), Mirage (Deep Rage and Just for You in 1995, Feel My Dreams in 1996), Hokusai (Red Lights and Black Rose in 1996, Cold and Jade in 1997).

Finally, the trio of Two Masks (Science, 1996), Call and Response (Science, 1997) and Capital D (Science, 1997), later compiled on Controlled Developments (Astralwerks, 1997), heralded the major phase of Source Direct.

Besides re-re-recording two of the singles, Source Direct's true debut album, Exorcise The Demons (Astralwerks, 1999), display a maturing sense of orchestration and tempo but even the best tracks (Mind Weaver, Haunted) can't compare with the singles. The only track that rises to the occasion is Technical Warfare, reminiscent of science fiction soundtracks and enveloped in sterilized dub sound. Source Direct's carefully-crafted music comes through as a gothic version of Photek. At the same time, drum'n'bass is but a pretext for scoring gripping imaginary soundtracks. Source Direct is the jungle alter ego of Barry Adamson.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

Jim Baker e Phil Aslett, prodotti autentici della scena jungle di Londra, hanno debuttato con alcuni singoli sotto lo pseudonimo Sounds of Life: Trust Me/Release the Bells (Certificate 18, 1992), Currents/Intellect , Hidden Rooms/A Spice of Jazz . Source Direct nato quando Future London (Odysee, 1994) andato in onda per la prima volta, presto seguito da una sequenza incessante di singoli: Different Groove , Fabric of Space (Source Direct, 1995), Approach and Identify Snake Style , The Crane (Source Diretto, 1996). The Cult (Metalheadz, 1996) e A Made Up Sound sono probabilmente i brani che hanno costruito le loro credenziali. Seguirono Stone Killer e Secret Liasons (Good Looking, 1996). Alcuni singoli sono usciti sotto diversi altri pseudonimi: Oblivion ( Night Windows nel 1995), Mirage ( Deep Rage e Just for You nel 1995, Feel My Dreams nel 1996), Hokusai ( Red Lights e Black Rose nel 1996, Cold and Jade nel 1997 ). Infine, il terno Two Masks (Science, 1996), Call and Response (Science, 1997) e Capital D (Science, 1997), successivamente ridotto a compilation in Controlled Developments (Astralwerks, 1997), ha segnato la fase principale di Source Direct. Oltre a registrare nuovamente due dei singoli, il vero album di debutto di Source Direct, Exorcise The Demons (Astralwerks, 1999), mostra un senso di orchestrazione e tempo maturi, ma nemmeno i brani migliori ( Mind Weaver , Haunted ) possono essere paragonati ai singoli. L'unica traccia che ci va vicino Technical Warfare , che ricorda le colonne sonore di fantascienza ed avvolta in un suono dub sterilizzato. La musica accuratamente elaborata di Source Direct risulta come una versione gotica di Photek. Allo stesso tempo, il drum'n'bass non che un pretesto per la creazione di avvincenti colonne sonore immaginarie. Source Direct l'alter ego nella jungle di Barry Adamson.

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