Taelue blesses us with his first solo project , a mini album titled “Reflections”. 6 tracks are here that vary in style. Like the title suggest, this is a personal project, apparently years in the making. With 3 club, 1 experimental and 2 downtempo cuts brings out Taelue’s voice which is a unique vision that is blurring the lines of house and techno, which is not new, but he is doing it at a lower tempo. Taelue synth work in the slower tunes is very expressive and dreamy, yet the fast tunes are very aggressive. I guess you cannot hide from all your emotions, reflections…
The 4th Dimension///Percussion begins the journey quickly joined by melody and harmony elements. The tune builds up through more synth work. The chord progression holds the main rhythm as no kick drum appears. Deep house in essence is the feeling here, setting up the rest of side A.
Twin Flame///A bass line starts as the main focus of the tune. Meanwhile a hi-hat and snare are panned left in right causing a stereo effect. The hat arrangement begin to dominate as more elements appear. Here is a nice light tune that permeates a feeling, which I can not describe, that creates something in your soul.
Rage Against Oppression///Classic drum machine kick sounds followed by and quick syncopated acid line. The energy is great, right from the beginning. Quite aggressive in nature but is a rocking acid tune in which the line is the feature. Slow building anger is happening until the boiling point that is never quite resolved and really only evolving.
A Bleak Moment///Side B begins like side A, chill; emotive chords and this time downbeat. The synth work here is dreamy and the kick drum booms underneath the pleasurable tones.
The Sunken Place///A change of feeling happens as the bass line strikes and the technoesque drum arrangement happens. Definitely a banger that will rock those dark, smoked filled, drug induced club nights. The kick drum is booming while most of the other tones lie in the low register symbolizing the sunken place.
Reflections///To end this collection of tunes is the title track, which is a broken beat jam with deep chords, high notes, and bass melody. The bass is the main theme here, subtly modulating adding to the mysterious nature of the track. The sparseness of the sounds allowed Taelue to really express something heart felt here.