Released 26th May 2017
Looking back to the Beatnik Era on the South Coast of England.
Before package holidays and the rush to Benidorm, Beatniks ruled the seafronts and B&B’s of the Southern Beach Resorts. Beat Poets and Musicians pedalled alternative viewpoints & delivered fresh melodies to these waterfronts of escapism.
Marking another step forward in his sonic evolution, Appleblim inaugurates Beatnik Boulevard with a record that channels his roots in brooding bassweight club music into startling modern compositions. From his groundbreaking work on Skull Disco to various mutations of house, techno and electro explored via solo and collaborative releases for R&S, Aus Music and Tempa , this 12” finds the Berlin-based producer wielding fresh approaches to synthesis in a daring framework that finds physicality in music away from obvious rhythmic tropes.
A-side track “Conch Shell Motives” rides on undulating waves of atmospherics as icy textures and warm pads merge atop fragmented kick drum thuds and heavy-dread sub stabs. It’s an eerie situation, but not devoid of warmth in its threads of melodic delay ripples.
“Holistic Rider” is a meditative workout that sports the hallmarks of early UK electronica in its laconic broken beats. Amorphous synth shapes bend and contort around this understated percussion, the evocative metallic overtones of the sound design injecting a sense of alien intrigue into the mellow surroundings.
By way of contrast, “Glass Eye” feels far more immediate with its delicate chiming refrain and swooning chords, but still the sense of futuristic intrigue propels the track into exciting new pastures both for Appleblim and this promising new label.
a1. Conch Shell Motives
b1. Holistic Rider
b2. Glass Eye