& Jilly discuss Darla, Dreamer, Gilmore & Kameleon…
Dave and jobbing wine critic Jilly Goolden take time out from
their day jobs to sit down and listen to four of this month’s
new releases. Up for grabs this time are Darla Disc with Sunburnt
Rain, Dreamer with Wind It Up, Steve Gilmore with Irrational Love
and Kameleon with Sadness Of Rage.
Dave: Ok then… Up first is Darla Disc’s “Sunburnt
Rain”. I guess you’d call this trance. It’s
very euphoric. Has loads of them ‘hands in the air’
Jilly Goolden: Yeah. It’s very Ibiza. Very catchy. Did you
take the Blue Nun out of the fridge?
KD: You’ve got the Blue Nun there! Where’s my glass?
JG: <<Hic>> Oh yeah, here, get this down yer throat!
KD: Cheers! Anyway, back to Darla, This has a nice squelchy bass
line. The main synth riff is all over the place though –
although I’m sure Darla knows this by now as it’s
been brought up in every review so far…
JG: Indeed. This sort of effect usually works better with a softer
pad type sound, and when it’s much more slowly. This gives
it a kind of drifty feel.
KD: Drifty feel? I take it that’s a technical term…
JG: Oi! You only ask me here because I have such a distinctive
way with words. It’s my job. Do I tell you how to scream
KD: Back to the track then… Do you want to do one of your
JG: Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. I’m getting sunburnt on the White Island.
The sun has set and a thousand topless sweaty men are jumping
around with their arms in the air…
Ok! On that note over to Dreamer with Wind It Up – made
on Ibiza eJay, so that ties in slightly with Darla’s track.
JG: If you say so. Have you finished the Blue Nun? Go get the
KD: Is this the same Bass line as in Darla’s track?
JG: Ooo. I don’t know. It does sound similar. That squelchy
sound you harp on about.
KD: How would you describe it then?
JG: Like a Hoover going through a flanger!
KD: <<Looks worried>> Ok… The lead synth is
fun. Sounds like Tetris though. Very gamey.
JG: It’s happy and uplifting. It sticks in your head for
days on end. That’s the trick eejit! You go to the record
shop and ask for the one that goes “do do doot doot dooot”
and they know which one you mean.
KD: I see. The breakdowns are fantastic on this, with the squelchy
sound taking you out. Then the introduction of the catchy lead
JG: Yeah, but what about the early 90’s Italian house style
piano bit at the end. That was inspired. Where’s all the
KD: The piano was a nice touch. You’ve drunk all the wine.
I think there may be some egg nogg in the mini bar.
JG: <<drinking from the bottle>> Mmm. It’s like
being in another sweaty club. But different. Are you sure this
is all the booze you’ve got?
On to Steve Gilmore and “Irrational Love”…
JG: This is quite upbeat for Steve isn’t it?
KD: I think he does a lot like this. I tend to download the mellower
ones as I can give more heartfelt reviews of music I listen to
JG: So you don’t listen to all this banging dance stuff
KD: No, not very often.
JG: I thought your sort were well up for it. Every Saturday night
go down to the “Sweaty Box” take yer shirts off and
dance to this sort of stuff…
KD: No, not all of us. That’s just on TV Jilly. Back to
Steve’s track. I wasn’t keen at first; It was such
a change in style from what I’m used to from Steve.
JG: <<shouting from behind the mini bar>> But what
do you think now?
KD: It’s taken quite a few listens, but I do like it now.
It’s still a lot harder than most things I listen to, and
it’s not something I’d go out and buy… it’s
still a grower though.
JG: <<still behind the mini bar, but sounding somewhat muffled>>
you’ve got to remove your self from the subject. This track
is so crisp you could get a paper cut from it. The production
is faultless and the use of vocals is breath taking. Just imagine
what Steve could do with a real singer!
KD: Yeah, I know all that but…
JG: <<interrupting>> you see, it’s like me and
my booze. I like good wines and tasty beers. I don’t like
these new fangled alcopops because they look like screen wash.
But I’ve just drunk a bottle of Meths and it was fine.
KD: Erm. Meths isn’t an alcopop. It’s Methelated Spirit.
I use it to clean oil off things…
JD: But what’s that one you can buy? Metz? Meths? Maths?
Ooo. My tummy… <<runs toward the door>>
Finally on offer is Kameleon with “The Sadness Of Rage”.
A very personal track inspired by certain events in his life recently.
This is the initial instrumental version, hopefully we will be
getting a vocal one soon. As daft as this may sound, you can hear
sadness and rage in this track. The softer synths do have a melancholic
feel to them, which creates a pleasing discord with the harsher
keys. On first listen I thought it was a bit on the repetitive
side (at 8 minutes long) and was gagging for some vocals. Listening
now for the umpteenth time, it sounds different. Maybe it’s
the mood I’m in. I don’t want to be sat at home on
a Saturday night alone and I want to be snuggled up with a certain
someone special, but alas no. I can see where this is coming from.
The harsher synth lines are almost nagging at you just like sadness
and rage does. They build up inside your head. You try to think
of something else and for a few moments (during the breakdowns)
you are at peace with your self. But these moments don’t
last long and the sadness and rage returns… Only stronger.
JG: <<staggering back, looking sorry for herself>>
What did I miss???
KD: <<puts hands on hips and rolls eyes>> Oh Jilly!