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philip jeck - 7
British Turntable manipulator Philip Jeck has been active since the early 80s, when he first discovered much like his contemporary Christian Marclay that he could make beautiful music from nothing but a line of record players. The technique was no-doubt rooted in the sampling and scratching of the hip-hop world, but little of this could be heard in his work as he transformed the sounds of his record collection into trembling waves of noise, gorgeous shimmering cascades of piano and elongated passages of ambient hum. This was a new kind of music altogether, it wasn't the kind of noise you'd expect to hear from the industrial scene and it wasn't the minimal academia you would usually hear coming from Touch - rather Jeck's sound art skates in a world slightly removed from the usual trappings of genre and lives as an entity all of it's own. '7' was originally released in 2004 to huge acclaim, following his crucial 'Stoke' album this saw Jeck moving further into blissful worlds of almost antique ambience, beginning with the life-affirming beauty of 'Wholesome', possibly my favourite of Jeck's tracks. Sounding almost like a lost, crumbling offcut from Vangelis' 'Bladerunner' soundtrack or a crackling Lynchian symphony this sets the mood of '7' quite magically and prepares you for the skewed beauty to come. David Lynch would be without a doubt a good reference point for this record, not least the hissing symphonic menace of the 'Eraserhead' soundtrack - something which 'Museum' never fails to remind me of. To put it simply this is both an essential album from one of the great sound manipulators of our time and a crucial part of Touch's near-flawless catalogue. Just buy it...