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Flooting Grooves - Upsyde Downe - PEAK Records

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Posted : May 2, 2007 13:42
FLOOTING GROOVES
Debut Album
"Upsyde Downe"
Peak Records (PR012)
March 2007

Tracklist

1. Mbirations
2. Across The Threshold
3. Thermal Shock
4. Mystic Mountain
5. Wavelength
6. Birds
7. Zero Defect
8. Spacedrift

Mastered by Huby Sea & Vincent Villuis @ ultimae.com
Artwork by Titine Leu
Graphic design by Ajja & Tanina Munchkina


Morpheus Music Review april 2007
http://www.morpheusmusic.co.uk


Style:
Downtempo trippy, chillout with some imaginative organic performances on flute and other instruments. The album opens with some beautifully atmospheric flute lines and echoing exotic percussion - breathy phrases curl and breeze through the air. The album delivers a well balanced fusion of electronic programming and organic instrumentation. The drums often have a 'live' sound to them, embellished with a variety of ethnic and synthetic layers. There is plenty of repetition employed in the track structures, brief motifs and arpeggios rolling in hypnotic revolutions - the emphasis often on rhythm and mood rather than melody. Abundant use of sharp effects creates a depth and sense of distance, the occasional spoken voice sample meandering between tracks, introducing what is to come. Most tracks interfade creating a fluid listening experience from start to finish.


Mood:
Upsyde Downe delivers a busy series of psychedelic aural environments where the quality or nature of the sound is of equal importance with any tunes being unfolded - the lush multilayered tracks are dripping with detail, surrounding the listener, mesmerising and beguiling. There is an underlying global thread taken up by instruments such as the didgeridoo and ethnic percussives - but also the electronica itself has an exotic nature to it, unusual voices and tribal patterns thickening the spell.


Full review at http://www.morpheusmusic.co.uk/html/reviews47.htm

Peak On!!!
Morpheus Music
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Posted : May 2, 2007 15:46
Flooting Grooves - Upsyde Downe

STYLE
Downtempo trippy, chillout with some imaginative organic performances on flute and other instruments. The album opens with some beautifully atmospheric flute lines and echoing exotic percussion - breathy phrases curl and breeze through the air. The album delivers a well balanced fusion of electronic programming and organic instrumentation. The drums often have a 'live' sound to them, embellished with a variety of ethnic and synthetic layers. There is plenty of repetition employed in the track structures, brief motifs and arpeggios rolling in hypnotic revolutions - the emphasis often on rhythm and mood rather than melody. Abundant use of sharp effects creates a depth and sense of distance, the occasional spoken voice sample meandering between tracks, introducing what is to come. Most tracks interfade creating a fluid listening experience from start to finish.

MOOD
Upsyde Downe delivers a busy series of psychedelic aural environments where the quality or nature of the sound is of equal importance with any tunes being unfolded - the lush multilayered tracks are dripping with detail, surrounding the listener, mesmerising and beguiling. There is an underlying global thread taken up by instruments such as the didgeridoo and ethnic percussives - but also the electronica itself has an exotic nature to it, unusual voices and tribal patterns thickening the spell.

ARTWORK
The artwork here is firstly hand drawn, but with some additional graphic manipulation. Complex figures, delicately patterned with a style in places not unlike traditional Aboriginal art, swirling backgrounds and informal fonts combine to form images of mystical gardens and arcane forests. The CD is presented in a jewelcase with a two panel foldout sleeve - inside are credits and a page of thanks acknowledging, among others, Miles Davis, Ian Anderson and The Grateful Dead.

OVERALL
Coming via Switzerland's Peak Records (renowned for quality psychedelic trance and psychedelic chill releases) Upsyde Downe is Flooting Grooves debut CD. The man behind the project is actually Pearce Van Der Merwe, born in Cape Town and having grown up in South Africa and Italy. Building on an early interest in seventies psychedelic music Pearce connected with musicians Dan Symons (a.k.a Dymons) and Ajja Leu (one half of Yab Yum) who both contribute to Upsyde Downe. He is also a part of The Peaking Goddess Collective (PGC): the organic chill and psy trance band formed in 2003 by Ajja, Dymons & Master Margherita, which combines laptops and synths with live instruments: Flute, Guitar, percussion, Bass & Fx. The label describes the music as "ethnic-ambient-groovy-downtempo-psy-progressive-cyber-chill-floaty-flooty" and this is as good a summary as anything.

WHO WILL LIKE THIS ALBUM
If you enjoy downtempo or midtempo psychedelic chill with tribal atmospheres and organic performance - Flooting Grooves is a cut above the average for the genre. Deep, colourful music with emotive flutes - this is an album for headphones or for flinging your arms up and moving.

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Posted : May 2, 2007 22:17
This one gets better each time I listen to it!
Very organic but still got those elektrik crunches (especially thinking of "Arcoss the Threshold") Marvelous!
I like the journey from the slow beats slowly building through out the album and the more upbeat peak with "Zero Defect" and then it fades out with "Spacedrift". And the end of "Zero Defect" is just PCG!
Good work guys! and I love the artwork, very trippish!
the spice


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Posted : May 3, 2007 02:05
i just loved this album-.,-., fresh proposal among all the high BPMs around these days-.,-., an album thought as a WHOLE           the spice extends life, the spice expands consciousness, the spice is vital to space travel, travel without moving
sure_smoke_alot
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Posted : May 3, 2007 08:17
1 of my 'best buys' of this year
this album sumhow reminds me of slackbaba

esp. 'wavelength' has done sum serious damage to my brains.

all the best for the future to 'flooting grooves'           the problem with valuing art is, till u dont understand it, it's worthless but wen u do understand it, it's priceless!!
MorNinG MaGiC


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Posted : May 3, 2007 15:52
Some crunchy sounds in this one so smooth especially the starting melts your thoughts ..!! really good work done here n i must mention a very highly intellect art work developed in here ..@
all the best for the future man ..! and to GASPARD and the crew i dnt need to say much i very much knw that all the albums coming from your side will be of the highest entertainment quality and will be loaded to please the mind and the soul and off course the dance floor ..!
LuV n LitE to All involVed ..!
BOOom ..!
darkgnome


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Posted : Jan 18, 2008 11:28
This is a great album           Kimi-tachi wa keikoku sareta!
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