Brassica presents Temple Fortune; a beautiful, bittersweet EP of synth-steeped electronic music and the producer’s debut for Civil Music. Incorporating analog synths, vintage drum machines, rave nostalgia, 80’s electronic pop, cosmic slow jams, avant-garde electronics and a melancholic crush of Italo, Electro and disco bearing vocals, Brassica’s music remembers much – memories that are worth the price of admission alone – but drawing in part on the urban solitude each evokes and coupling with feelings humid and raw, the music of Michael Anthony Wright is able to express so much more, a quiet storm of musical restraint and emotive power. Aligning music with that of greats such as Throbbing Gristle, New Order, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire is a daunting prospect; but gazing out of the sensual and emotional ‘Temple Fortune‘ is an artist showing the vision and individuality to place himself among such exquisite talent.
Resonating with ghostly funk, intimate and sagely Temple Fortune is intelligent and immersive. Haunting lead track Modern Magic is equal parts theatrical, romantic and wrenching. Led by a bass line (from a fretless bass guitar) which sees the spectral image of Joy Division’s Peter Hook alive and well. The playful/woeful space jam of Lose Him follows, and includes the vocal of long time friend ‘Stuart Warwick’. Milieux Metrix includes the hushed voice of Ghostape. Low vibrato cello calls give tension/release to the disorientating ancient meets the modern age theme. The EP closes with the soulful, ghostly rave of Lydden Circuit. The rushing anxeity and dancefloor disquiet have somewhat made an underground hero of Brassica for a quiet generation of lost ravers. (To which the comments on the self made & mesmerizing video appearing almost a year ago on youtube attest.) Add a floor ready acid disco remix from Capracara, & Om Unit‘s consistently unique take on the footwork sound adding a new dimension to his rework, this is quite a package.
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