Braces Tower – Pasteism EP {mtk131}

Artist: Braces Tower
Title:
Pasteism EP
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk131
Release Date:
2004/06/03


It’s good to come back to what you know, and we felt like UK artist Braces Tower, previously member of the Wiija-signed, Radiohead-supporting, Peel Session-ing Loveblobs way back in the mists of time, was due another release on Monotonik with his delightful blend of sass, electronics, and intelligent sampledelica, since his first ‘Pshhh EP’ was so well received by all a year or two back. So we asked him nicely, and the round-up compilation ‘Pasteism’ is the unholy result.

So there’s a great deal of diversity across the 8 tracks of ‘Pasteism’, from the opening, wonderfully languid meanderings of ‘Action Jackson’, seguing straight into the frantic skank of ‘El Fuego’ – and the hits just keep on coming from there. Some of the other highlights? Let’s try the sophisticated jazz of ‘Spelling Bee’, the funky Sesame-ish groove of ‘Eleven Twelve’, and the ending, tremendously blissed out nu chill of ‘Nameless’. We’re not nameless, but we are speechless.

[Thanks to Eduardo Sousa for the great cover-pic.]


Credits:
cover by Eduardo Sousa


Tracklist:
01 – Action Jackson
02 – El Fuego
03 – Beatitude
04 – Spelling Bee
05 – Improbable
06 – The General Synopsis
07 – Eleven Twelve
08 – Nameless

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)


Braces Tower – Psshh EP {mtw028}

Artist: Braces Tower
Title:
Psshh EP
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtw028
Release Date:
2002/07/28


It’s interesting that Mono211 was originally meant to be the ‘main label’ that us here at Monotonik released music on. This was mainly because we were known in our early .MOD days for being eclectic, unclassifiable genre jumpers, and we wanted to carry that tradition on. But in the end, we found our love of idm+videogamebleep action on Monotonik took front stage (and rightly so!) But most of all, we found that there’s just not that many artists making good but ‘unclassifiable’ music that really _works_.

However, in Braces Tower, the London-based artist who submitted an EP of tracks to us earlier this year, we found exactly what we were looking for – the style-straddling, the inspiration, and most of all, the panache.

If his music can be compared to anything, it’s the sample-stitching of the ‘new chill out’ UK massif such as Bent, Lemon Jelly, Mr.Scruff, and so on. [In fact, Braces Tower’s Destiny’s Child vs. The Specials cut-up is already pretty well-known in bootleg circles, showing the kind of cheeky angles he enjoys mining.]

But trying to describe music always brings in dirty or overmined words, and it’s the music that stands on its own. In fact, it towers, with the lead-off track “Ten Fingers” weaving vocal samples and loops hypnotically all of the place, and “Scissorman” skanking up the place something tragic with its frantic brass hits and flamenco-ish trumpet. And when the final two tracks are “King Of Rock”, with feelgood hooks strewn all over the place, and “Valedictory”, a truly majestic flute and vocal sample-littered halcyon fade-out.. well, words fail us.

So yep, we know this isn’t exactly the kind of music we _normally_ release, which is why it’s on our sublabel, Mono211. And Mono211 will continue to be the sublabel we use to break things up with genre-confusing, breaks-borrowing pieces of genius that otherwise wouldn’t make it out there. And this EP is one of those. It’s actually probably far too classy for us. But psshh, don’t tell anyone.


Credits:
cover by h0l


Tracklist:
01 – Ten Fingers
02 – Scissorman
03 – King Of Rock
04 – Valedictory

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)