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ARTIST
TITLE
Civilization
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
TEC 014CD TEC 014CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/22/2012

This is the highly-anticipated debut album from Atlanta producer Michael Rathbun aka Distal. Releases and remixes for labels such as Soul Jazz Records, Grizzly, Fortified Audio, Trouble & Bass, Seclusiasis and Tectonic (not to mention his own imprint, Embassy Recordings, which he runs in tandem with old school friend Ethan Anderson aka Mite), and tours with Pearson Sound and Africa Hi Tech has seen his name on the lips of discerning electronic tastemakers worldwide. Before entering the world of production, Distal spent a few years researching a sensational auditory phenomenon called Synesthesia at Georgia State University. One day while digging through breakcore records, he stumbled upon a sound that would inspire him to launch his production career. This record, in a turn of complete serendipity, was Punisher, by Tectonic label-head Pinch. Using his newfound passion, traditional teachings and his scientific studies in unison, he ran head-first into the studio. Taking influences from his love of techno, jungle and hardcore, Distal's sound fluctuates between a wide array of moods, rhythms and tempos that veer between dubstep, juke, footwork, house, and, naturally being from Atlanta, Southern hip-hop. From popping 808 cowbells on opener "The Sun" to dancehall minimalism on "Rattlesnake" to the Balearic tribalism of "She Wears Pearls," these elements join the dots on Distal's map of Civilization.