Sun Rad / Ali Berger [RSVP012]

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Backyard: Ali Berger & Sun Rad Release Analog Jams In Cassette Format

Berger takes control of side one with seven songs of drastically varying length. Largely staying underneath the radar in recent months to focus extensively on finding his own sound, Berger’s output here is a display of his continued exploration of analog synthesizers and other unorthodox hardware. His avoidance of obvious sample use and computer-based sequencers forces Berger to focus on the performance and overall vibe of each track, rather than pristine sonics and paint-by-number arrangements. I like this approach, and it’s rarely observed in modern dance music to this degree of execution.

One of Berger’s musical traits is to write entire songs devoted to specific sounds on his drum machines, or as a dedication to classic sounds of yesteryear. Three tracks on this compilation do just that: “Toms of Life”, where pitched tom-tom drums pull double-duty for both rhythm and lead, “Acid Love”, which contains no shortage of squeaky solos and seamless 303’s, and “RX5 Zipper”, made almost entirely with sounds from a highly-underrated 80s-era drum machine from Yamaha. Another highlight also includes a relentless ten-minute techno piece titled “Furnace (Walk)”, which is the closest you’ll get to legally visiting an abandoned Detroit warehouse in the middle of the night from the comfort of your living room.

The four tracks on Sun Rad’s side are jam-based and analog in nature as well. The main difference being while Berger’s are mostly dry and unprocessed, Sun Rad applies liberal amounts of distortion to just about everything. These longer tracks vary wildly in tempo and style; while the opener “Last Leaf Pt. 1” sports laid-back dancehall vibes, “Camus” is an uptempo affair that doesn’t sound out of place in a techno set. The closing suite “Screw (Pts. 1 & 2)” has perhaps the most interesting sound design of the lot; a well-crafted balance of eerie harmonics and saturated atmospheric sounds abbreviated by a drastic midpoint tempo change.

Beantown Boogiedown.


released July 15, 2015

Mastered by Jeremy Highhouse at Viulab, Portland Oregon

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Thank you to Nick Minieri and Will Mayo for supporting the release.



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