The New York/London duo of Toby Reynolds (DJ Scud) and Craig Willingham (I-Sound) generates a space-rock vibe on All Versus All that judiciously parallels the album's title. The music provides lucid semblances of an interminable void, anchored by layered electronics and often dappled with hallowing background treatments.
The set is largely vibrant, due to the duo's upbeat rhythmic extrapolations. The musicians periodically render a sonic hall of doom, offset with cyclical motifs and expansive synth swashes. Besides the focus on EFX, these gents infuse the human element through soul-stirring themes. On the title piece, they dish out a meditative trance-like component, spiced up with eerie sounds and a gushing, waterfall soundscape.
Here and elsewhere during this studio set, the duo merges notions of paranormal dialogues, conveying an overall sense of living dangerously. However, the artists' creative mindset intimates that's all in good funtheir musical scope is not firmly rooted within an ascetic state of being. In sum, this album presents quite a few thought-provoking frameworks, coupled with tangible grooves where '70s style electronics stylizations receive a contemporary uplift.
Track Listing: Intro; Enticer; Himmel; All Versus All; Radicalized; Mavericks; Technology; In Strength; Hold Out.
Personnel: DJ Scud (Toby Reynolds) & I-Sound (Craig Willingham): production, all instruments.
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand
Why do I love jazz? Well, depending on what you mean by jazz, I can send an answer in any number of directions. Briefly, I was exposed to this crazy music as a little boy, my dad good friends with the local music store, where he bought sheet music to play from his baby grand. Their massive record collection, my parents taking me to concerts and clubs (only one of five kids to do so), the Magnavox furniture stereo/radio ... it all added up. It was complex, emotional music. And it had rhythm! I drummed and followed the music through the '60s even as I enjoyed the new musics of my generation.
Along with side-trips to other musicians and music, it's been one hell of a pony ride ever since.