Witchman ‎– Explorimenting Beats

Deviant Records ‎– DVNT19CD
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1 Viper Flats 7:29
2 Amok 6:59
3 Stone Def 8:18
4 Hammerhead 5:46
5 Chemical Noir 6:40
6 Order Of The Dragon 7:50
7 Post Trauma Blues 5:30
8 N.Y.23 4:08
9 No Place Like Chrome 5:40
10 Palace Of Angels 9:26
11 Light At The Edge (Reprise) 7:40

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Made in England (back cover and booklet)
Made in France (CD)

"Light At The Edge" contains a sample from the Null / Plotkin album "Aurora".

Recorded & mixed at Bomb Central.
Mastered at XOR. Made in England.
Dedicated to Gayley J & Laura H.

Issued in a jewel case with clear tray and 4-page booklet.

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  • Barcode: 6 08277 00192 0
  • Matrix / Runout: DVNT 19 CD MPO 01 @@@@ 1 03
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L036
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1222

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January 2, 2015

Witchman's debut, EXPLORIMENTING BEATS, starts with the guitar plucks of "Viper Flats," though the mood soon shifts into a piano-led downtempo exploration with some dub effects. But the atmosphere throughout remain thick with menace and darkness. The bass guitar intro of "Amok" leads into a crazed drum'n'bass frenzy accompanied with strings. The track continually shifts gears for a discomfiting experience -- which is probably the point. "Stone Def" adds some angular melodies and "Hammerhead" chugs along like an oncoming hip-hop freight train. "Chemical Noir" comes in like a dub haunted house, rattling with distorted beats and ghostly percussion before bursting out into Castlevania and then segueing into the deeper and dubbier beats of "Order of the Dragon." There's quite a bit of thoughtfulness in the moodiness of "Post Trauma Blues" and the rougher "N.Y. 23" But the strange, almost jaunty, deepness of "No Place Like Chrome" embraces its contradictions, and the longer "Palace of Angels" starts with a twinkle and brings in the chorus to underlie its angelic nature, but the beats remain pure evil. "Light at the Edge" ends the album on a nice acid-inspired clatter, A unique, fascinating listening experience.


April 4, 2004

Wow! This is Dark shite! Drum 'n' Bass was on a huge upswing in '97 when this was released. By this time, the genre had become more accessible to the point where even Bowie and Clapton (!?) were coming out with DnB tracks. In underground circles it had become darker and harder, completely opposite to its growing commericality. Roone's first full-length release exemplifies this trend.

The whole album is wrapped in a dark shroud of dubby reverb, scattershot breaks, cavernous basslines and ominous sampled vocals and soundbytes. Tracks like 'Stone Def' and 'Palace Of Angels' are murky dub tracks that are scary and groovy at the same time--particularly 'Palace' where the bass has been overdubbed to awesome effect and the <i>Serpent & The Rainbow</i> sampling only makes this track all the more foreboding. The opening and closing tracks are faster, experimenting with more hardcore and industrial elements, and can sound quite intense through headphones. There's a lot going on in these tracks that come to light with each listen.

Josh Roone is a true genius in his field, following up from his single releases from the previous two years before <i>Explorimenting</i> and has gone on to release material ranging from dub to dark ambient.

This release is one of those 'gotta-haves' that should enrich any DnB/Dub/Industrial/Illbient/Minimal fan's collection. Highly recommended!