$.99 DREAMS – SPEI RES (LP by Draft Records)
While I knew I left the previous releases of $.99 Dreams with Dolf Mulder, I decided to listen in and see what this LP was about. It seemed to be a move from the earlier, perhaps somewhat naive CDR and download releases, and maybe it was good to check what they are up to now. I somehow associated this with jazz music, and maybe to a certain extent it actually is jazz based, the duo of Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums), might as easily be called electronic music with hip hop influences. Maybe even Silver Apples less any vocals, or Suicide with real drums, maybe Sogar & Swing (from the Hapna label, if you remember them) – but perhaps I was thinking ‘duos’ here. The jazz element didn’t seem very present here but it had a very nice, rough presence this music, with occasionally just stomping around and occasionally they play a great melody, such as in ‘Fiducia’ or the arpeggios in ‘Lacus Exitium’. I really enjoyed their very upfront sound, almost like a live recording, with a big fat bass synth sound and a highly unprocessed drum kit, ornamented by other less crude, spacy synth sounds. This LP clocks in at thirty-two minutes and has eleven relatively short pieces, some of which seems even sketch like, but those add to the flavour of this record. In a way this sounded all very retro, very 80s like, and with the cover being a black & white silkscreened affair, I am totally sold. Great band with a great release. (FdW)
Preorders now available at draftrecords.com
DRAFT is pleased to announce its second LP release from underground jazz-synth duo $.99 Dreams. Spei Res, roughly translated from Latin as “thing of hope”, plays like a suite of soundtrack miniatures driven by virtuosic drumming and synthesizer textures. Seemingly oblivious to musical trends, Adam Diller (synth, sax, production) and Matt Crane (drums) have crafted a distinctive sound that unifies electronic music, jazz improvisation, and hip hop production techniques. Spei Res finds them further down this path, exploiting the recording studio to build and modify improvisations into a sonically dense and kinetic record. Connected to the likes of Sun Ra, Varèse, and J Dilla, $.99 Dreams craft a highly personalized music. The album feels both ancient and new, building a language out of pummeling rhythms, dynamic keyboard passages, and sculpted atmospheres, enhanced by Diller’s articulate production work. Spei Res is a colossal record, containing a life music that is self-aware, revelatory and knows what it’s up against.
DRAFT D017 LP, Edition of 400
Mastered by LUPO, cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering
Graphics by Social Drag