Boomkat Product Review:
Surf was Philip Jeck's second album, on which the turntablist confirmed himself as a unique voice within the genre. Via the most primitive of means Jeck is somehow able to construct emotionally resonant sound sculptures, calling upon worn out vinyl grooves and 78rpm dust-scapes to construct a peculiarly atmospheric album. By means of an opening gambit, the skipping Ambient crackle of 'Demolition' quickly gives way to slowed down blues guitar strums, which are barely recognisable as such. The piece rapidly becomes a teetering pile of unrelated sound sources that somehow gel thanks to Jeck's alchemical touch. Following on from their the album just gets stronger and stronger, with 'Box Of Lamb' sounding like a shipwreck in slow motion. The crackling of some lost African percussion piece jolts into life on 'Surf Finger', only for some ghostly orchestral music to fade in towards the end, rising to a fearsome, cacophonous conclusion. The longest piece on the album, 'Spirits Up' introduces a melodic element, albeit one masked by the heavily-aged 78s from which it comes. In there amongst all the decayed sound fragments you'll hear the faintest flicker of heavily cloaked voices and backwards looping ambience. The least degraded sounding track here is 'Tilting' which is entirely derived from the sort of orchestral sounds hinted at earlier on in the album. Here the sounds are layered and transformed into rhythmic delay pulses, causing a kind of shuddering anti-narrative of strings and brutish electronic treatments.