Various Artists - 'Surface Textures'

The kind of starry-eyed, drug-fucked auto-funk Prince might write if he were from Paisley and not Paisley Park

Album Review by Bram Gieben | 16 Apr 2006
Album title: 'Surface Textures'
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Surface Pressure / Gdansk
Edinburgh's Surface Pressure Records release a collection of past glories and future heroes from their three years of independent releases. Bobby Perman AKA S-Type, kicks off with the Dimlite re-rub of Soul For Your Stereo; a bouncing club track with a glitch-y electronic edge, featuring US rapper Finale. The Deaf Mute remix of Found Can Move turns a great, sinister harmony track into a low-slung dirty bass romp. The original of FOUND's Mullokian is included here, and a sublime piece of mellow, achingly beautiful folktronica it is. Both Vin Landers offerings are psychedelic, half-in-the-room disco, like Arab Strap on mescaline, but his collaboration with Esc (elder Perman brother Tommy, of FOUND), Fast Train, is the kind of starry-eyed, drug-fucked auto-funk ballad Prince might write if he were from Paisley and not Paisley Park. An odd but highly endearing mixture of ethereal folk, leftfield funk and credible hip-hop, 'Surface Textures' displays the remarkable maturity and broad palette of a young and promising label. [Bram Gieben]

Released late April. See our feature on Surface Pressure Records in a forthcoming issue of The Skinny.