Perp-014

12.11.2019

Reflections Side A

Perp-014

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.

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Perp-012

6.3.2018

After quite the long hiatus, I am back posting on Machining Dreams blog and I am starting back with a various piece featuring several Chicago luminaries.

Babershop LP_Cover
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Welcome to the Barbershop. This LP arrives with tunes from some of your favorite artists representing Chicago’s underground dance music sphere on the city’s bred label; Perpetual Rhythms. A wide variety of fresh cuts and genres are showcased, ranging from Deep House and Techno to Experimental and Ambient, providing an eclectic listening experience. The central theme of the LP is “things that relate to a barbershop”, topics such as hairstyles, hair products and humor. We invite you to stay a while and experience this sonic journey with an open mind.

dcee – Suavecito // A smooth, deep house track filled with colorful chord pads, sparse bassline, and metallic percussion coupled with a chirping melody.

Chicagodeep – Blow Out // An in your face house beater where the bassline keeps the groove and organ stabs color the tune all while a low synth pad modulates underneath the groove.

DCook – Comb Over // Beat down sounds reside here through the slow tempo and chord progression. Sounding clean, the track takes the listener on a journey of tasty house elements.

Taelue – Razor Line Up // Continuing is another beat down track except we delve into darker territory. The bass line establishes the diabolical character while the tune builds momentum slowly and more dark sounds join the fray.

Hakim Murphy – Finger Wave // Sparse percussion strikes that lead into modulating chords of emotive goodness. The chord motif and percussion make playful changes as if one was floating through the clouds.

Obsolete Music Technology – High Top Fade // An energetic tune that straddles the house and techno genre pulsates with a steady bassline, melodic pads, and phasing percussion.

Specter – Butters Whipped // A classic drum set oozes from the speakers introducing warm sounds that tepidly caress the listener’s ear drums. The elements build up quite quickly assembling a sparkling groove that beats through time.

Isoke – Soul Glo // A bright banger that wastes no time establishing its feeling; driving percussion and 1 bar synth lines pay homage to the Chicago track masters from yesteryear.

Damon Lamar – Bermuda Triangle // Rounding out the LP is a deep rider that serves up a plate of beautiful nostalgia. The wonderful myriad of shuffling drums, bass and synth pads bring forth thoughts of sailing away on the Atlantic Ocean.

Chicago Skyway – Edged out // Reverb and delay introduce melodies of grandeur. The tones swirl around almost as if they are filtered through a kaleidoscope. This effect gives the tune several interesting tonal characters as it progresses.

As I’ve listened through the LP several times in order, I think it has a lot to say in these musical dark ages.

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Perp-004

4.12.15

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Perp-004 side A

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Perp-004 Side B

With its fourth release, Perpetual Rhythms appears with three tunes from label owners Chicagodeep and Taelue as Ghosts of the Sky. When we look up into the stars we see them as they were millions and in some cases billions of years ago. This fact intern gives way to the name of the collaboration, timeless sounds that fill your soul as they travel through the reaches of your mind via your eardrums. The self titled release features three deep tunes that extend the genre of deep house with groovy rhythms, plush chords, and a quintessential Chicago touch.

Asylum///The journey begins with a slow-motion, beatdown tune, in which many sounds swish together as the kick enters to establish the pulse. The tune continues to build slowly as more elements come in that subtly make your head bounce as the baseline pulsates. Ghosts of the Sky is born.

Squash///Tune two is quite a bit harder as the bass line begins, slowly modulating and then joined by percussion and a chord progression. The tune continues to pick up steam as more hats join in. A droning string note comes in over the top, sounding like a rover on an alien planet picking up samples for study, the tune rocks until the end.

Cycle Tunings///The final tune begins with percussion filled with modulating reverb, that leads us into a chord progression. More percussion sounds as it moves through time, eventually settling in with toms grabbing the attention right before a harder baseline comes in. With this baseline, the tune sounds more electric while a melody line slowly appears to complete the idea.

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