Boomkat Product Review:
That sought-after bblisss tape from a couple of years back - featuring Huerco S’ first appearance as Pendant, as well as incognito contributions from West Mineral crew uon, Ulla Straus, and Exael - has been remastered and pressed to vinyl for the first time. There’s a copy of the tape edition up on d*sc*gs right now for £70+ so don’t hang aboooot.
Pulled together and first issued on cassette by Ryan Fall (uon, Caveman LSD) a.k.a. uon in 2016, ‘bblisss’ has since become one of the most sought-after surveys of contemporary ambient music in circulation right now. On its initial release it introduced many of its artists and aliases for the first time, perhaps most notably Huerco S trading under the Pendant sigil, and also Ryan Fall’s emergence as DJ Paradise, which ushered in a gauzier take on the sublime dub abstraction found in his subsequent uon productions.
As DJ Paradise, Fall offers two of the set’s sweetest highlights with 12 minutes of coagulating ambient clag in ‘Ssumo’, and what sounds like a balearic groove heard from under those greasy puddles on the rocks outside Cafe Del Mar in ‘Mbizi (R)’, while Huerco S a.k.a. Pendant rolls that vibe out to sea in the gently mesmerising slosh of ‘Des Vieux Temples.’
Along with the shimmering debut entry of Ulla Anona, who would later team with Pontiac Streator for ‘Chat’ on West Mineral, a hyaline vignette from Billington & Tramposh, and the slowly strung out, systolic throb of ‘Procel’ by uon collaborator, Naemi (a.k.a. Exael - soon to have an LP on West Mineral), bblisss is pretty much guaranteed...