Nu-Era* ‎– Beyond Gravity

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REFLECT LP 002 Nu-Era* Beyond Gravity(2xLP) Reflective (2) REFLECT LP 002 UK 1994 Sell This Version
REFLECT LP 002 Nu-Era* Beyond Gravity(2xLP, Etch) Reflective (2) REFLECT LP 002 UK 1994 Sell This Version

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maroko

maroko

February 19, 2009

The super rare and obscure (unfortunately) album by a guy who earned his respect producing hardcore break beat/jungle tunes does everything but hint at what this guy was usually about!
Old school to the bone, with mellow percussion, no strictly for the dance floor material found here, just straight up intelligent techno tracks, with lush pads, underlying little acid intrusions, and loads of nicely flowing melodies, jazzy saxophone solo segments and groovy tracks running at lower BPM ranges, making "Beyond gravity" a perfect soundtrack to your sunny after party...
Overall, the whole album uses the same formula, chewing it up in one track, then spitting it back out during the gap between two numbers, only to swallow it once again for the forthcoming tune. I don't intend it to sound mean, as music this good should be cloned and reproduced as much as one is able to.
Quality music through and through, but what it honestly all comes down to is track three, Mono Concentrate. Such an epic melody coming at you non stop, such intense emotion and larger than life attitude all provided in such a subtle and quiet, at first glance only though, techno track. Mono Concentrate contains by far the catchiest melody of them all, with a very well developed story, breaking down a few minutes into the track and then hitting you with a never-too-long melodic installment, which marks the ultimate high point of this release. The visual breakdown version of the same track is half as short, but features a more emphasized melody, with a really cool sax. Drop dead gorgeous.
If this album wasn't so damn hard to find, I'd make you run out and get a copy, but the way things are, most people will never get a chance to hear it. You can live on without ever getting a taste of the rest of 'em, but ever since I've first been exposed to Mono Concentrate, I play it at least once a week. Essential techno bliss. Too bad the rest of the album doesn't really follow hot on the heels of this fabulous classic, 'cause then it would have been an indispensable piece of electronic music history. 4/5.