Electric Tones is an independent record Steve - Carl Grubbs Quartet - Brother Soul owned and run by British composer and Left Of Legzira - Ricardo Avocado - The Bridge Ends EP Tim Simenon.
The label, which is based in Amsterdamwas founded in and is dedicated to the release of electronic-based compositions, generally fitting into the field known as electronica. Because of certain similarities between electronica's compositional, production and editing styles, and aspects of the more mainstream Dance music genre, the two worlds sometimes overlap. It is not uncommon for certain artists to move between the two scenes - as with label boss, Tim Simenon.
Simenon very occasionally releases his own compositions through the label, either under the alias of Bomb the Bass or as the more experimental Flow Creator. The first Electric Tones release was a four-track compilation EPentitled Left Of Legzira - Ricardo Avocado - The Bridge Ends EP Tones - with the name of the release reflecting how the collection included the first, second, third and fourth tracks released on the label.
Issued inand taking the form of two 7-inch singlesthe EP marked the recording debut of Opiateaka Thomas Knak. The EP was rounded off with the notable inclusion of several tracks by a hitherto unknown act, called Flow Creator. Upon reading the credits closely, this turned out to be another alter-ego for Tim Simenon. Up until the end ofElectric Tones had released two further EPsmore often than not collecting brand new acts together: Electric Tones and Electric Tonesboth of which were issued in the inch single format.
Each release was limited to a run Left Of Legzira - Ricardo Avocado - The Bridge Ends EP copies each, with the record sleeve - as is the case with limited edition releases - stamped with the individual copy number. In a press release from the period, Simenon was quoted as saying of the limited number release approach, "All the releases were limited editions to keep the hobby spirit alive.
Electric Tones is divided equally between Opiateand Amsterdam -based musician, Ricardo Avocado - included together here, perhaps, because both acts were experimenting with aspects of Dub aesthetics. Electric Tones features two tracks by Soul Circuitwhich turned out to be an occasional alias for Adrian Corker and Paul Conboyotherwise known as A. The remaining pair of compositions making up this Più Ti Amo Più Ti Amo - Pooh - Giorni Infiniti included, an abstract contribution from Norikothe recording name of Newcastle DJJames Postlethwaite.
And, playing the collection out was the reappearance of the Bomb The Bass name - for the first time in 9 years - courtesy of a Christian Kleine remix of Clear Cut featuring Lali Puna the latter of which has since become a much sought after rarity. All of these EP tracks would later be rounded up, and released in digital CD form under the collective title, Jukebox ; in turn becoming the labels seventh release.
As ofin between its compilation work, Electric Tones has also released five records by five individual artists. First out was Blind by A. Issued on a 7-inch singleBlind is a futuristic blues song. Next came a inch single built around two tracks, Slowfall and Meltdownby an artist listed as Wiseintime. Again this release shone across another pseudonym by an already well-known name, with Wiseintime an alternative representation of Ian Simmondsaka Juryman. Limited to a numbered run of copies, the inch single ran at rpmwith side-A dedicated to Checkpoint Fenderand Left of Legzira filling the flipside.
Avacado's work continued to mine the possibilities of melding contemporary Electronica with the Dub aesthetic, illustrating a clear progression of his compositional manifesto from Electric Tones Kumo And Friends would feature three tracks, and spotlight the progressive compositional talents of the one-time child violinist and electronic music student, who at one time or another had previously worked with the likes of The ShamenRobert OwensIan McCulloch and BJ Cole.
In Februarycame the announcement that Tim Simenon was reinstating Bomb The Bass to active mainstream duties, with the intended release of a new albumFuture Chaos. With full release details still to come, and following his lengthy absence from the mainstream, Simenon continues to ramp up communication through the bands Myspace platform. However, it has still not been confirmed as Things Mean A Lot - Mark Kozelek - White Christmas & Little Drummer Boy Live whether Future Chaos will be an Electric Tones release no doubt becoming e-tones supported by some kind of outside distribution deal.
As of Marchthe track Butterfingers was featured along with a promotional video on the Bomb The Bass Myspace page - suggesting that the song will be a single release ahead of Future Chaos. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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