Early Works For Me If It Works For You II


" In 1994, I compiled my first tracks as Dntel onto a cassette called Something Always Goes Wrong and sent it to some labels. It came pretty close to getting a real release but things ended up falling through with the label and I had to resort to making tape copies and giving them to friends. I kept making songs and eventually put together another cassette for friends. My friend Hoseh gave it to this guy Dean who liked it and made CD copies, one of which ended up in the hands of Dimitri Fergadis, who asked if he could officially release it on his label, Phthalo Records. I said yes and this collection of songs became the first official Dntel release, Early Works For Me If It Works For You, released in 1998. A year or so later he released Something Always Goes Wrong as well. These early tracks, inspired by Aphex Twin, μ-Ziq, Warp Records and anything else I'd been listening to, were all instrumental (save a few vocal samples) and created using one sampler/synthesizer (a Kurzweil K2000s) and some basic midi sequencing software. I was always really interested in adding vocals to weird electronic music, and by the time EWFMIIWFY and SAGW were released, I finally had a computer with the capability to record full vocal tracks more easily. This led to the next Dntel full-length, Life Is Full Of Possibilities, which was released in 2001 on Plug Research. I haven't really done much instrumental work since. A couple years ago I decided to listen to a bunch of old DATs of stuff I had worked on in the process of making LIFOP. Although a lot of it was rough or unfinished, it got me thinking of the old days and I decided to collect my favorites. That got me listening to the old Phthalo releases as well and somehow it all evolved slowly into this 3-CD set. It includes Early Works For Me If It Works For You and Something Always Goes Wrong, both re-mastered, as well as the new collection of DAT discoveries, Early Works For Me If It Works For You II." -- Jimmy Tamborello