Boomkat Product Review:
Most of you might know Seefeel from their Warp and Rephlex days, but did you know that they also put together this crucial piece of shoegaze history? Maybe not, and it's finally been granted the re-issue it always deserved by those lovely people over at Too Pure. Originally released way back in 1993 when Global Hypercolour was all the rage and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were in fashion the first time around (hard to believe that was almost fifteen years ago... I'm getting old) it set a new standard for what was possible in electronic music with its fusion of heavy bass, echoing synthesizers and shoegazer-influenced production. In fact listening to 'Quique' now shows an early precursor to the sound which we would see perfected by artists such as Herrmann & Kleine and Ulrich Schnauss with dub rhythms, a knowledge of techno and a super-human technical skill used to make what really at its core is indie music, and it's hard to believe just how ahead of their time they were. While the album may have dated a little since its original release there's no doubting the forward thinking you can hear on 'Industrious' or 'Plainsong' as echoing female vocals shudder ethereally over pounding drum machine beats. In fact at times this sounds like the lost album The Cocteau Twins never managed to produce - if only they had bought some more synthesizers and turned those drum machines up and the reverb down this might have happened, but instead it left the playing field open for Mark Clifford and friends to jump on in. Incidentally Clifford ended up remixing The Cocteau Twins and was clearly viewed as a like-mind, but 'Quique' is where it all began, and still stands as a milestone for so much of the music we promote day by day here at Boomkat.