Following 1 or 2 small run / mailorder lathe cuts, Polytechnic Youth follow their hugely successful “Popcorn Lung” label compilation LP, with their first full length of the new year, and man… this one is just wonderful! A mighty record to kick off what promises to be another hugely productive, constantly busy year for the Crouch End based synth label.
PY often likes to quote the artist directly in its press releases, and this one is no exception. Gabe’s own words, more than adequately explaining the path leading to this killer set for 2019; 'It feels a little ridiculous to pretend that the person introducing you to Gabe Knox is some kind of bigwig press agent and not just Gabe Knox himself, so let me, Gabe Knox, tell you a little about myself in that hopes that you’ll give my music a listen: In 2014, after years of moderate success as a local musician and club DJ in Toronto, Canada, I looked at my collection of barely functioning analogue synths and drum machines and said to myself - Instead of trying to unsuccessfully make music you think other people will like, why don’t you make something that you’d actually want to listen to for once? - I wanted to make music that had the drive shaft of Neu!, the punishing low end of King Tubby, the interleaved melodic lines of Vince Clarke, the melancholic, otherworldly whimsy of Raymond Scott and Delia Derbyshire, the hypnotic drone of Spacemen 3, and the analogue intimacy of Le Car. I wanted to bring the euphoria and hypnosis of dance music to the rock kids, and the energy and excitement of rock music to the dance kids.
This was going to be a tough sell in the clique-y Toronto music scene, so I figured the best way to get the music out there would be by recording when I can and self-releasing a steady stream of EPs online. They would all be a series, a snapshot of the evolution of that initial idea. "ABC" represents a compilation of the best songs of the first three EPs, subtly remixed and remastered to best suit vinyl. I hope you love listening to it as much as I loved making it.'
This really is a remarkable record. Displaying all the PY traits of icy cool blasts of minimal synth, motorik grooves, melodic pop via passing nods to early mute and sky records. Never before did label head Dom think he’d get the chance to namecheck 2 musical heroes from wildly differing poles -Vince Clarke and Spacemen 3- into one LP PR sheet, so he’s understandably excited for this one’s release!
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: Having provided what I think was the absolute standout track from the 'Popcorn Lung' LP at the end of last year, Gabe Knox hits us with this superb LP of kosmische pulses, whirring synths and paddling arpeggios. Clearly influenced by the flow and pacing of classic Krautrock, this is yet another standout LP from the already veritable Polytechnic Youth canon.
FORMAT INFORMATIONLtd LP Info: Repress on black vinyl.