Had to get my hands on this record after Paul dropped a track on our NTS show a few weeks back. It's been some sort of perverse waiting game having not even listened to the previews of the remaining six tracks from the seven on the Code 17 Abstraction plate.
Released on Ana Ott, this is the first time we've come across Michael Valentine West, though it turns out he's got a slew of aliases and has been working behind a load of joints for time. Next steps will be hunting down the rest, because this guy's on to something, and we're possibly just scraping the surface on what he's done.
Every time we open the email we read press releases with fifteen or so genres and influences crammed in, discussing the melting pot of sounds stating it as 'breakthrough'. In reality, the best case scenario is generally a decent record in a genre we like. And while Ana Ott makes no such promised of Michael Valentine West, it would be oddly at home doing so.
Code 17 Abstraction changes direction as often as it strips down it's tracks and rebuilds them. This in-depth soundcrafting using templates from jazz and glitch to put you on an abstract journey with each cut. Across these templates experimental analogue electronics and field workings might drop in and out to set the scene and vibe of joyous franticness and new directions.
Head to the Ana Ott bandcamp to order yourself a copy.
20th November 2014 by Keith Pettinger [awkward movements.com]
from the album code 17 abstraction by michael valentine west, released by Ana Ott Records.
video directed by Daria Jelonek and Julia Schwarz.
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You can locate some obvious elements of Prince, Jamie Lidell and therefore also Beck in the music of Birmingham-based producer Michael Valentine West – but it’s as if those elements had been through a complex journey involving a tour through glitch electronica, late 80s industrial music, Weather Report, Cameo and Rick James at their most camp, Brechtian theatre, Jazz Messengers, Nina Hagen, the mothership, and back to Aphex Twin’s house for a cuppa afterwards.
Released on French electronic music label Bedroom Research and [well worth a listen] if you like your music beautiful, intelligent and deeply twisted. And who doesn’t?
"O.K. I am back on Planet Earth after a visit to Planet Tatooine.
I stayed in the pirate city of Mos Eisley and during my stay I hung out in the Cantina there. The food was unusual, the clientele abrasive and the music adventurous. Some geezer gave me a recording of the house band to review!"