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ARTIST
TITLE
Island Noise
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
BRK 001CD BRK 001CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/18/2008

"Following an acclaimed series of five 12" vinyl releases, the Berkane Sol label brings its long-awaited first CD album by Nottingham-based producer, Geiom. As Geiom navigates his dragon boat into uncharted territory accompanied by a crew of trusted retro hardware, Island Noise forges dubstep's desert island material of the future. A tropical melancholy runs right through the album from the nostalgic flutes and colorful keyboard lines to the cheeky dub swing and rustic electric pianos to the cover art. Geiom draws a whole world of music into his menagerie of sound. The title track sets the tone with a warm reggae style melody alongside futuristic arpeggios and an aquatic sub-bass. 'Farski' delves into the little-known world of '70s Persian funk ballads while 'Canopy Desire' evokes a filmic narrative revolving around digitized Angolan percussion. Pheli Nazir, a magical collaboration with singer Khalid who featured on Zalim Maar Daala, closes the album with a classic lovesick Indian vocal. Island Noise combines dancefloor dynamics with real attention to song structure and an intricate and playful use of dub style delays that make it well-suited to home listening but still heavy on a sound system. Exploring the many possibilities of the 140 tempo, tracks such as 'Inbuilt Chaos' and 'Getaline' feel something like languid, laid back dub, while tracks like 'Six Times Seven' and 'Cardoza' pick up the pace with some crisp 2 step riddims. The album has been getting props from bass visionaries such as Hyperdub chief Kode 9 and Benny Ill of Horsepower Productions. It has also been getting radio support from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs (Radio 1), Bobby and Nihal (Radio 1), Skream (Rinse FM), DJ Rupture (WFMU) and Boomnoise and Sgt. Pokes (subfm.com)."