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Research Records indicate their inclination for cosmic instrumentation and kraut pervaded polyrhythms once again with an introduction to newcomer Glass Beams. Recorded at the beginning of 2020, Mirage is the first release from the artist, issuing four compositions that lend from a profusion of sounds and influences.

The album's opener and title Mirage arrives with a coiling vocal mantra that conspires with a sliding bassline and transcendent synthwork, reminiscent of early 70's prog jams yet inverted and futuristic. Taurus is a brisk arrangement, steeped with spaghetti-western elements and space-jazz to pave the way for the agile Kong. Rife with psych-fusion guitar phrases and instrumentation, Kong unfolds like a forecast lysergic voyage. The finale Rattlesnake nudges the serpent with intergalactic scales and spellbinding riffs. We may not know much about the enigmatic Glass Beams but Mirage is one epic inauguration, leaving the listener with more questions than answers.

TRACK LISTING

1. Mirage
2. Taurus
3. Kong
4. Rattlesnake

Elite Beat

Tom's By 2 / UniFi (Slab Creek Version)

Oregon sextet Elite Beat continue their dubwise world-groove mission with a two track 12" of what sounds like organic, in the moment live takes with an intro count to boot. Layers of psychedelic sax and drums ebb and flow alongside heavy low end, building on their compilation of 'healing and hypnosis' inspired jams Selected Rhythms Vol. 2. Despite being based across the ocean, big Jah Shaka dance vibrations occupy the A-side with a steady house tempo combining with the woodwind across ten minutes of proper body music. The slower, introspective approach to side B takes in elements of post-rock with flourishes of electric guitar yet grounds itself in the dub mentality through pulsing sub-bass and swirling synth work. The wide-reaching bed of influences present in Portland's bands, shops and labels shows itself time again in Elite Beat's work, evident through recent collaborations with Mdou Moctar and past outings here at Research.

TRACK LISTING

1. Tom's By 2
2. UniFi (Slab Creek Version)

Following the success of 'Phase', Research brings you an all-star cast delivering remixes of their pick from Mildlife's debut album released early 2018.

Research welcomes Tornado Wallace to give us his take on 'The Magnificent Moon'. The Berlin based master producer who recently released his debut LP, Lonely Planet (Running Back) is no stranger to the remix game. With releases on the likes of ESP Institute, Beats in Space and Music From Memory's sister label, Second Circle Wallace is a "force to be reckoned with".

Joining Wallace on the A side is Melbourne's own, label-bosses, beat makers and party starters, Sleep D. Since 2013 the pair have been responsible for the Butter Sessions imprint, which is considered "one of Australia's essential dance music labels". Here the pair put their signature dubbed out sound on 'Im Blau'.

Finally on the flipside Swedish disco-house rockers Mount Liberation Unlimited turn 'The Gloves Don't Bite' on its head with an extended 12-minute take. A re-imagined bass line mixed with quirky Swedish vocals, and their signature drum freak-outs makes for a memorable ending to this diverse EP.

TRACK LISTING

1. The Magnificent Moon (Tornado Wallace Remix)
2. Im Blau (Sleep D Remix)
3. The Gloves Don't Bite (Mount Liberation Unlimited's Re-edit For The Dancefloor)


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