Boomkat Product Review:
Stroom drift wide-eyed into ‘90s chill-out room feels with this delicious split revolving Cold’s 15 minute acid massage ‘Strobe Light Network’ and an ambient electro beauty ‘Lapis Lazuli’ from James Bernard
Reaching deep behind the curtain of ‘90s ambient styles, this imaginatively conjured split plays to the light and dark, yin and yang of rave musick by reappraising its less trendy, but richly flavoursome ambient also rans, finding total beauties in blindspots beyond the usual rave hotpoints.
Icelandic producer Isar Logi Arnarsson aka Cold originally released ‘Strobe Light Network’ on Thule Records in 1995. Traversing iridescent, hallucinatory electronics and submerged, slow dub techno rhythms, the 15 minute beauty was picked up by Sven Väth as the closing track of Love Parade 1996, and now 23 years later it’s lost none of its lip-smacking lustre, surely set to light up a thousand sets over summer 2019.
James Bernard’s B-side ‘Lapis Lazuli’ hearkens to the same era, but sees to the other side of the coin to Cold. Written in the early ‘90s, and released in 1997 on the ’Symphony For a Biomechanical Breakdown’ CD for SPK/Lustmord’s Side Effects label, it’s a serpentine coil of flickering acid lines and reticulated 808 patter with a sublime yet slightly menacing effect particular to that dark and sexy seam of the ‘90s.