Pure Sonik Records (and its home listening division xfive.) returns with a new album designed as a companion piece to Alan D. Oldham's SOLD-OUT Amsterdam gallery show back in September-October 2010, attended by DJ Bone, Dave Clarke, Ben Sims, Shinedoe, Ritzi Lee, DJ Kammy, and other techno world notables, as well as visitors from Berlin, Dresden, and London. Not only are there eight sublime tracks of unreleased Oldham minimal soul (played as a soundtrack to the opening) , the Detroit-born polymath has also illustrated and fully designed the CD jacket and disc as well!
You know Alan's comic-inspired artwork from such legendary techno labels as Djax-Up-Beats, Transmat, Astralwerks, Third Ear and many other electronic imprints. This is the first Pure Sonik release where Oldham has done full music and artwork! The digipak also includes photos from the Outland Gallery show for those who couldn't attend in person.
"Emerging" is the filmic intro piece, setting the tone. Oldham has used it all over the world to introduce his live sets as DJ T-1000.
"Theme From Vectra" is the cinematic theme song for Oldham's sci-fi superheroine of the same name.
"Twitter Attack" was inspired by the popular social media site, complete with background whispers, a.k.a. "twitters."
"How Was Your Trip To Berlin?" continues the set, a cool, house-inspired soundtrack to your Transatlantic journeys (hopefully first class!).
The Detroit-infused track "Minimal Soul" makes its Pure Sonik debut after its release on the Swiss Minimalsoul label back in 2009 as part of the "Vintage Synth Technique" compilation.
"Sound Within Sound" was created after the passing of Alan's grandmother, an uncharacteristically deep outing for the producer. Listen closely and you'll hear two tracks in one, hence the name.
"Track For Ron Murphy" was also informed by the passing of a loved one, namely Detroit's irreplaceable, irrepressible record cutter and Oldham's close friend.
"Black Man From The Future" is another filmic, sci-fi-informed piece, and a fitting coda to the album.
Label: Pure Sonik