Boomkat Product Review:
The first in a triptych of mixtapes from Demdike Stare, ‘Feelings’ is a stunning and heady investigation of low lit modal and spiritual Jazz, an emotionally blurred trip into the early hours...
Jazz has long been Demdike’s mutual teacher, underlining the duo’s respective journeys from hip hop and rave in ‘90s mcr, to a growing obsession fostered by years hunting and trading rare nuggets. We may have heard them play some of the numbers harvested here over the years, but we frankly ain’t got a clue what any of it is.
Woven with a judicious use of edits, pedals and alchemical je ne sais woo that makes their transitions bloom, the duo here show their workings out in the margins with a looseness and verve that’s faithful to the medium and styles on show. An educated guess suggests the recordings mostly span the late ‘60s into the ‘80s, time-stamped by the inclusion of electronics that underpin the whole session. But, then again, that could just be several cuts, made decades apart, screwed in real time.
Either way, it makes for engrossed and brooding listening, taking flight into late night zones on the front, before pitching into more radical sonifications of jazz as abstract material and psychedelic, devotional expression on the flip.
Limited copies on this one, collect them all.