Sunday, February 24, 2013

Spacetime Continuum - Emit Ecaps

Spacetime Continuum - Emit Ecaps (Astralwerks, ASW 6147-2, 1996) (FLAC)
01 Iform
02 Kairo
03 Simm City
04 Funkyar
05 Swing Fantasy
06 Out Here
07 Vertigo
08 Twister
09 Pod
10 String Of Pearls

A couple great reviews of this mighty fine album:

Another excellent album by Jonah Sharp. However it is not an ambient album so those expecting another 'Sea Biscuit', well, don't.
What is brilliant about Sharp's music is that it evolves. This is a logical progression form the superb ambient nature of 'Sea Biscuit'. On this album beats are employed with beautiful, stirring melodies and synth motifs. It's a great companion to 'Sea Biscuit' as you will find the album has much the same relaxing effect on you, despite the use of beats on this album.
However some tracks like 'Vertigo' do lend themselves more to the dancefloor but they also contain softer moments aswell, so another home listening delight. Check out 'Swing Fantasy', a great track with a stunning jazzy bassline!
One of the best electronic albums out there.
Venturing boldly beyond undefined boundaries of ambient techno, Spacetime Continuum presents Emit Ecaps, a lively, beat-oriented, groove-intensive collection of experimental dancefloor techno. Sensitive to its surroundings, Emit Ecaps embraces the vibrant feel of Jonah Sharp's liberal San Francisco homeland. Comprised of exceptionally deft bass lines, refined synthetic percussion, and inspired synth riffs, this follow-up album to 1994's ambient classic Sea Biscuit is a strong addition to Sharp's already respectable discography.
Making his mark in the early 1990's primarily as an ambient musician, Jonah Sharp validates himself with this album as a qualified electronic musician who can pick and choose from any styles or influences. Hints of many styles are present, including Sharp's ambient and jazz backgrounds, as well as Detroit techno, house, funk, drum and bass, electro, and intelligent dance.
Synths drift carefully, bounce freely, and bubble over with life throughout these ten tracks. The album includes the energetic and upbeat "Iform" and "Kairo," the exotic and daring "Swing Fantasy," and the more passive "Twister" and "String of Pearls." The mixing of "Simm City" could have been improved; its sharp high-pitched intro can startle the unsuspecting listener. With Emit Ecaps, Jonah Sharp diversifies his style and refines his already masterful groove. 




  2. "One of the best electronic albums out there". i think this says it all. it was true in 1996 when it came out and it's still true today, an absolute classic. excellent post!!