Various ‎– Beneath The Surface

Native State Records ‎– NSCD003
CD, Compilation, Partially Mixed

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1 Irwin's Conspiracy The Beginning Of Something Good
Written-By, Producer – Irwin
2 Bluetech Ice Forming On Glass
Written-By, Producer – Evan Bartholomew
3 Sympath Amethyst
Written-By, Producer – Naasko Wripple, Noah Pred
4 String Theories White Dragon
Written-By, Producer – Evan Bartholomew, Rena Jones
5 Marconi Union Buildings And People
Written-By, Producer – Richard Talbot
6 Krill.Minima CatDinR42
Written-By, Producer – Martin Juhls
7 Nalepa* Porcelain
Written-By, Producer – Steve Nalepa
8 Ganucheau Stillness
Mixed By – Scott Tusa
9 Rena Jones Aurora Borealis
Written-By, Producer – Rena Jones
10 Desert Dwellers Stellar Dendrites
Erhu [Chinese] – Martin St. PierreWritten-By, Producer – Amani Friend
11 Bluetech & Shulman Midnight Bloom
Vocals – Alyssa PalmerWritten-By, Producer – Evan Bluetech*, Omri Harpaz, Yaniv Shulman
12 Aerostatic Continuous
Written-By, Producer – Michele Darling
13 David Last Landscape
Violin – Asmira W PageWritten-By, Producer – David Last

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  • Barcode: 5017744101097
  • Matrix / Runout: B28824 NSCD003
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP57
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5H02

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August 17, 2006
edited over 14 years ago
Native States Records run by US based Evan Bluetech and Naasko have suprised most of the traditional chillout lovers by their unique and mellow approach. Their previous chillout instalment “Left Coast Liquid” had a more Dubby and Chilled direction, while “Beneath The Surface” is a like a glitched and minimal ride across a vast and scenic plethora of sound textures. Native States has surely left me gasping for more with its futuristic yet antique approach.

The first track by “Irwin’s Conspiracy” is nothing short of a cinematique expression making way for beautiful things to follow. The compilation is all about morphing textures which is exactly what “Ice Forming on Glass” brings with its indispensable creaky and melancholic Bluetech vibe. Next we have label manager Naasko and Canadian artist Noah Pred aka Shen with their project “Sympath” giving us a deep and dubby track suitable for night time pondering. “String Theories” a project by “Bluetech and Rena Jones” brings us a antisomatic track that once again highlights the melancholic Bluetech vibe along with
some beautiful violin work by Rena, this ones a excellent piece of art. “Building And People” by “Marconi Union” has a very organic texture with a urban feel, just like the title suggests. “Krill.minima” with “CatDinR42″ experiments with Ambient and glitchy IDMish overtones with a overall night time pulse, a scenic journey that givies us time and space to let our conscience travel many depths. “Porcelain” by West Coast producer “Steve Nalepa” is one of the fastest tracks on the compilation packaged within a very experimental fluid and glitched out beats, a definite highlight.

Ganucheau’s brings us another highlight of the compilation with a hypnotic n glitchy atmosphere that crawls over broken and scattered beats, with a very ethereal piano solo somewhere in the middle. “Rena Jones” who’s solo album is lined up for release in the month of september has a very unique style of fusing classic and symphonic music with modern electronic soundscapes, after listening to “Aurora Borealis” I cant wait to see what we have in stock for the future. “Desert Dwellers” have a certain way with their music that makes me feel really gloomy but in a good way, Iam probably not making sense but its a feeling I find hard to describe. “Bluetech and Shulman” is a duo that cant go wrong, “Midnight Bloom” sends a shiver down my spine whenever I hear it, I wont say much about this track just go and hear this one and iam sure you wont be disappointed.

Ending the complilation we are greeted by hypnotic and static ambient sounds by “Aerostatic” and “David Last” that reminds me of “Selected Ambient Works” by “Aphex Twin” which could be beacuse of the dirty beats on “Continous”, both the tracks are not really ground breaking or stellar but are perfect for winding up the compilation.

Evan and Naasko have once again done a splendid job covering so much ground in terms of experimental electornic music thats truely worth a stand up ovation.

Favourites - 4,5,6,7,8,9,11


April 20, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
The third release is out on American Native State Records, this time a new compilation. It is compiled by Bluetech who runs the label, and Naasko, who also has made compilations for Canadian Interchill records. As usual the cover art is beautiful.

On this compilation, we don’t get purely so called psychill, but a mix of mostly pure ambient and IDM tracks. We get a lot of new names here, but also some tracks by artists that should be well known to most chill listeners. First out is someone called Irwin’s Theory, who gives us a floating intro. Track 2 is by Bluetech himself. He rarely dissappoint us, and gives us here another beautiful masterpiece with melancholic vibes and relaxing sounds. Track 3 is by Sympath who also had a track on the first Native State compilation. Noah Pred is involved in this project, known for several releases on various labels in the US. Here we get a track with some mystic vibes, totally relaxed, floating vibes with some dubby beats. Track 4 is by String Theories, which is Rena Jones together with Bluetech. Pretty experimental track, with ambient soundscapes. More relaxed than the usual Bluetech sound. Track 5 is by Marconi Union who also has released a couple of albums. The track we get here was originally released on his album called Distance on Hannibal Records last year. Here we get a beautiful, melancholic, relaxed melody. Then we get a totally deep ambient track by German Krill.Minima who has mostly been releasing mp3’s.

Track 7 is by Nalepa who also had a track on the previous Native State compilation. This one continues the deep soundscapes, with IDM sounding vibes. Track 8 is by a pretty fresh artist called Ganucheau. He keeps it deep, and goes even more melancholic. As chilled as it can possibly get. Track 9 is by Rena Jones, who will release her debut album on Native State Records. Here we get beautiful violin, mixed with relaxed electronic sounds and melodies. One of my favourite tracks on this compilation. Track 10 is by Desert Dwellers who gives us a mystic sounding floating track with some Chinese vibes. Track 11 is an interesting collaboration between Bluetech himself and Israeli Shulman. This track was also released on Shulman’s album Random Thoughts. A great track between two of the masters in the chill out scene. Then we go back to pure relaxing ambient again, with a track by a fresh artist called Aerostatic. Deep, floating ambient. David Last finishes the compilation with an experimental track mostly consisting of violin (done by Asmira W. Page). Totally relaxed as it has been through the entire journey.

This compilation gives us mostly pure ambient and IDM, so if you are looking for ethnic psydub etc, this is not the first choice. But, if you want to explore some deeper ambient soundscapes, this should be an excellent buy.