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The lush and mazy midi mosaic of ‘Club Salon Theatre’ makes up Androo’s heavily satisfying solo debut, proper, after staking out his influences with an overhaul of The Disciples’ synth-dub experiments earlier in ’23, and sultry club gear on Second Circle far back as 2017
Patently up to scratch with MFM’s timeless standards, Androo’s music forms one of relatively few contemporary, rather than reissue, drops on the revered label run by Jamie Tiller & Tako Reyenga. ‘Club Salon Theatre’ helps mark 10 years of MFM with a sublime brand of uchronic timeline-origami, pinching and folding aspects of new age synth lust, tropical machine funk, and jazz-fusion with a deadly smart appreciation of psychedelic soul and digi-dub that offers an endlessly charming and effortless album experience that may make one, more than once, have to get up and check what the fuck is playing, with a fractal quality that calls to mind Voice Actor’s enigma as much as L.G. Mair, Jr’s fruity midi funk sprouts.
“Far from an album in traditional form, 'Club Salon Theatre' explores its potential as a musical collage of sound. Recorded during 2021 and the beginning of 2022, it is the result of Androo's desire to draw connections between diverse fragments of music and art.
Originally born out of the Dub sound-system scene in Geneva and with a continued love for the modal music of the likes of John and Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, Androo has long put improvisation at the center of his practice. His understanding of dub music as an integral part of the experimental music tradition, with ties to the school of Musique Concrète for instance, and with trap music as another vital ingredient, has as much to do with the form as with the method. With the studio as a laboratory for experimentation, Androo utilizes a variety of outboard instruments as well as working in-the-box, but it’s his classic “dub style” technique of mixing at the hardware console that leaves its quintessential mark throughout the whole record.
'Club Salon Theatre' is a rich patchwork of imagined scenes, emotive melodies, flying rhythms, harmonic changes, loose improvisations, with an almost romantic thread running through it. Like a collection of musical poems, gently arranged in what is sometimes sparse musical language. Far from a patchwork of scattered and disjointed inspirations, there is a real unity and singularity at work, resulting in a record which can be enjoyed as a collection of sonic poems, simultaneously nonchalant and earnest, sentimental and playful.”