Boomkat Product Review:
Necessary reissue of an absolute Chain Reaction classic...
A real highlight of Chain Reaction’s legendary dub techno catalogue comes around once again, reissued in its 2CD, 19-track entirety by Subwax Bcn/Jpn.
In keeping with the timeless nature of Chain Reaction releases, Vibrant Forms II hasn’t aged a bit and still stands as testament to the inherent minimalist principles of dub house/techno in deepest effect.
Subtlety is utterly key to its beauty, playing out a beautifully modest suite of ten tracks rendering the spirit of New York deep house and garage and the ghostly influence of Basic Channel/M-series with a tactility and sense of drifting, contemplative space unique to Kostas Soublis’ oeuvre.
It’s hard to define how gauzy chords and barely there-but-body massaging bass presence can bring a lump to the throat, but that’s just what it does from the shadowy drone of the opening title track, thru the lofted field recordings perfused into Bilateral Emotion, to the way those chords rip thru Stream I like an ice-breaker thru sand, and our scalp is tingling to the inhale/exhale organist quality of Aviation.
The two parts of Prospect unfurl from the concise nautical navigations of the first to the buoyant eleven minutes of part two, whilst the other side yields a genuine rarity from the Chain Reaction archives - quite possibly its only cut (or at least that we’ve heard) to make use of vocals, albeit glossolalic and heard buried far beneath the waves of Oblique.
It also features the pensive, breezing skank of Outerside and the billowing, richly detailed and organic dub forms of Circa along with the meanest, coiled sea snake of a groove in the 9 minute dub-noise-techno of Enhancement, and knotted undercurrent of loping dub in Equilibirum.
The fiends will be on this already, but if you don’t know, don’t miss the opportunity.