Unknown Artist ‎– The Analogue Anorak

Phuture Communications ‎– PhuCom 001
Vinyl, 12", White Label, 33 ⅓ RPM, Stamped




'THE ANALOGUE ANORAK' is scribed in the A-Side runout groove.
'DANCE IS DEAD' with 'PAUL'S @ PORKYS' in the B-Side's.



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September 14, 2010

I got this one for free from a friend in Finland. As you can imagine, I have never before or since heard of Phuture Communications, let alone a guy who has an etching "the analogue anorak" in the run out groove of his vinyl. However, I can assure you, or at least try to do so, that this is easily as good and impressive as some of the most venerated IDM music from the mid nineties.
Broken beats, sometimes really fast, like on the A2 track, submerged into harmonic passages, touching and complex melodies and soulful vibrations. The A2 track sounds almost like an old breakcore tune, with only the percussion being used, while the melody department was rebuilt from scratch, in order to please current (at the time, naturally) demands.
The flip side track is particularly impressive, with its subtle, spiralling acid synths toying around throughout the track. Although this release doesn't really overcome the usual aspects and trademarks of IDM, it is nonetheless a vintage example of how this stuff needs to be done. Nothing revolutionary, but if you want to grab something not everyone has heard of, and if you thought you've listened to just about anything the genre has to offer, then hurry up and get this as well. For something I got for free, music hardly gets better! Electronic music not afraid to break free of conventional rules and guidelines, and best of all is that it sounds great, and not just a random mix for the hell of being different.
Two big thumbs up!